Alpine Trail Horseback Riding

The 20th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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Southwest of Montrose and south of Cimarron, the 17 mile Alpine Trail provides access to High Mesa and Big Park. The route passes through meadows flanked by Engelmann Spruce and fir forests, which is elk habitat. Water can be found at Little Cimarrona and Big Park. Watch out for motorized vehicles which are permitted.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from US50 at Owl Creek, follow Cimarron Road to Silver Jack Reservoir. The trailhead is signed 0.25 miles south of gated access from the road to the dam.

From the trailhead, the trail switches back and forth steeply many times to climb to the flat top ridges of High Mesa and Big Park. In most areas the trail is distinct and easily followed. Just beyond the East Fork of the Little Cimarron River, the trail uses the Coyote park road for about 1/3 mile. At the top of the hill, the trail separates again and drops into the Big Blue drainage.

Overall, Alpine Trail is the 20th most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Alpine Trail including Wasatch Horse Trail and Alder Creek Trail.

Alpine Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (970) 641-0471; Gunnison Visitors (800) 274-7580; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Mountain Meadow Ranch, Gunnison (970) 641-9501; Teocalli Outfitters, Crested Butte (970) 641-6656; Fantasy Ranch, Crested Butte; Black Paw Ranch (970) 921-6400.

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Hylander Inn (970) 641-0700

Luxury Loding:  Mary Lawrence Inn (970) 641-3343

Breakfast Restaurant:  Steaming Bean; W Cafe; Firebrand

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  38.2268, -107.5324

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  4/5/2018

ID:  13004

Alpine Trail Horseback Riding Map


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