West of Red River and east Questa, the Columbine Creek Trail is an eight mile one-way hiking route up the steep and rocky route along the namesake stream in surprisingly lush deciduous forest. The hiking route begins at 8,000 feet and climbs through pine and aspen forests on the way to 11,200. About a mile from the trailhead, the route also interests with the Columbine-Twinning National Recreation Trail.
The trailhead is on the south side of NFS Columbine Campground. The campground is located 8 miles west of Questa on the south side of SR38.
Overall, Columbine Creek Trail is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico.