East / West Maroon Trail Loop Horseback Riding

The 47th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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North of Crested Butte and southwest of Aspen, a breath-taking horseback riding loop can be formed with the West Maroon Trail and the East Marron Trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. This 32 mile loop can be started from either Gothic (north of Crested Butte) or Maroon Lake (southwest of Aspen). The triangle shaped route combines The West Maroon Trail, The East Fork Trail along the Crystal River, the 401 Trail Riders Trail, the Copper Lake Trail and the East Maroon Trail. It passes through aspen and pine forests up to alpine meadows near crystal clear lakes and rivers. Early July is optimal for amazing wildflowers. Expect snow until late June / early July at higher elevations. Snow will return in early September. Be prepared for snow/rain storms during any month. Note, the West Maroon Trail and East Fork Trail receive a lot of traffic, so plan for weekday or early day hiking.

Overall, East / West Maroon Trail Loop is the 47th most popular horse trail of all 58 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby East / West Maroon Trail Loop including Horse Ranch Park, Oh Be Joyful and Rustler Gulch Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Gunnison National Forest (970) 641-0471; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Marroon Bells Outfitters, Aspen; Fantasy Ranch Outfitters, Crested Butte.

Best Season:  Jul. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Crested Butte Hostel (888) 389-0588; Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517; Oh-Be-Joyful Campground

Luxury Loding:  Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533

Breakfast Restaurant:  Izzys Cafe; First Ascent Coffee Roasters

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug

Article Source:   Best East / West Maroon Trail Loop Horseback Riding Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HORSE&id=20998

GPS:  38.9596, -106.9858

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  3/23/2018

ID:  20998

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