Outdoor Recreation

 

PENITENTE CANYON

Pentitente Canyon is a beautiful and peaceful park with world-class rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and horseback trails, and a unique history.  The Old Spanish Trail once passed through the area.  Native American Pictographs can be found and viewed with ease. Both primitive and developed camping is available.  More information:

Penitente Canyon -Geology, Recreation and Legend

Hidden Colorado Gem: Penitente Canyon

 

FOURTEENERS

San Luis Peak (La Garita Mountains)

Summit Elevation: 14,014 feet

Crestone Peak (Sangre de Cristo Mountains)

Summit Elevation: 14,294

Crestone Needle (Sangre de Cristo Mountains)

Summit Elevation: 14,197

Kit Carson Peak (Sangre de Cristo Mountains)

Summit Elevation: 14,165

Challenger Point (Sangre de Cristo Mountains)

Summit Elevation: 14,081

Humboldt Peak (Sangre de Cristo Mountains)

Summit Elevation: 14,064
 

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK

INDIAN GROVE, in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, is 2.9 miles north of Point of No Return. Explore the area and look for several ponderosa pines with large scars where American Indians peeled their bark for food and other uses in times past.  The Scarred Trees Grove is on the National Register of Historic Sites.  This is the most popular backpacking site because it is close to the main dunefield and close to Medano Creek, but it is in a sheltered grove of trees.  

 

RUSSELL LAKES STATE WILDLIFE AREA

Birders should never drive past this state wildlife area without stopping...

 

ORIENT LAND TRUST & BAT CAVE

 

COCHETOPA PASS

Stuck on Cochetopa Pass: A vivid historical account by Ed Quillen

A Geologist's Dream: Geologic Map of the Cochetopa Park and North Pass Caldera

 

THE COCHETOPA HILLS

 

PONCHA PASS

 

*Photos, from top: Cochetopa Pass; Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area; Penitente Canyon; Poncha Pass