Rio Grande Trail West
The volatile Roaring Fork River dominates the first part of this easy, relatively flat hike, thundering through a gray-rock canyon where whitewater rushes past sun-baked rocks and feeds cool, inviting pools. As the trail climbs away from the river, the environment becomes arid. Scrub clings to the hillsides above the wide track; the air gets noticeably hotter; and the cyclists that share the trail with hikers get grumpier. Then, around the proverbial next bend, water appears to bleed from the rock overhanging the route. Cascading gently into a pool alongside the trail, and streaking the hillside with mineral color and lichen, the little waterfall makes for a delightful turnaround point.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||80 ft|
|Season||Best spring to fall|
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