Hiking The Columbine Creek Trail

The 7th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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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 7th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico.

Columbine Creek Trail near Red River (NM/US)

Columbine Creek Trail near Red River (NM/US)

Columbine Creek Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  CNF (505) 586-0520; Red River CoC (800) 348-6444; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Mexico" from Laurence Parent

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Columbine Campground

Luxury Loding:  Sundance B&B, Red River (505) 754-2321

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/carson/

GPS:  36.57744, -105.51575

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  6/27/2016

ID:  6945

Columbine Creek Trail Hiking Map


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