Colorado Hiking & Backpacking Trails
Rainbow Trail Hiking
Vacationers can enjoy everything from hiking to horseback riding to biking on the immense trail. Motorized trail vehicles can also use a portion of the route as well as many of the area's side trails and four-wheel drive roads.
Interested in hunting or fishing? The Rainbow Trail offers plenty of that, too. Many side trails lead visitors up to mountain lakes and streams for fishing, and during hunting season, gamesmen will find plenty of bear, deer and elk nearby.
Visitors can also take their pick when it comes to accommodations near the trail. Salida and Westcliffe provide plenty of options on either end of the route, while smaller mountain towns such as Coaldale and Cotopaxi offer accommodations in between. And, along the trail itself, there are several developed and undeveloped campgrounds for anyone who prefers a tent.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
An alpine holiday near Westcliffe bordered by the San Isabel National Forest. On-site lodge restaurant and lounge with prime rib dinners nightly! Two-bedroom mountain cabins have kitchenette, private bath.
Along beautiful Arkansas River with 2000 foot of great fly-fishing. WI-FI! KOA Campground and Loma Linda Kitchenette Motel rooms and cabins. Riverside group pavilion. Near ATV tours, trails. Family rates.
More Activities & Information
Royal Gorge Area, Colorado includes: Cañon City, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Florence, Guffey, Penrose, Texas Creek
Salida, Colorado includes: Howard, Monarch, Poncha Springs
Westcliffe, Colorado includes: Rosita, Silver Cliff