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 21st most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado.