Southwest Colorado is a place where the rugged mountains meet the high desert and trails in this area can vary from around 6500′ up to 14000′ with everything in between. Not only is this one of the most ruggedly beautiful areas in Colorado but also in the United States. Go ahead and hit the trail to find out for yourself!
Wilderness areas abound in this part of Colorado and there are times where you can be on a hiking trail all by yourself without seeing another soul. This is hard to find. Many trails are above 12,000 feet and you should make sure you’re acclimated prior to taking on this hike. Give yourself a day or two to adjust and take it easy by going a little slower than normal.
Bring plenty of water, slather on the sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses (the sun is very intense), and don’t forget your camera. Wear a comfortable pack with the ten essentials and be off the mountain by early afternoon to avoid lightning storms. Don’t hike alone or if you do make sure to let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
This is a playground for hikers, mountain bikers and explorers of all types. From the town of Durango with the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad right on the edge of the San Juan Mountains to the “Little Switzerland” of Colorado; Ouray and Silverton right in between, there are tons of hiking trail options.