TOUR DESCRIPTION

The final 74 miles of the Colorado Trail are arguably the finest of the entire trail length from Denver and certainly one of the premiere backcountry trails in our entire country. You’ll tackle this route in 5 days and camp 4 nights under the Rocky Mountain skies. Trekkers will be treated to an alpine wonderland of wildflowers and rugged mountain peaks during the summer months of July and August. (pssst: our wildflower peak is usually 3rd week of July through first week of August!)

So how does this all work? Well it’s simple: we haul a deluxe camp down the trail and you trek the Colorado Trail with only a light day pack. When you arrive to camp your personal gear and personal food will be waiting for you. Bring your car camping tent, your heavy sleeping pad and your favorite wine. We’ll bring the full kitchen, stoves, grills, water, firewood, chairs, solar showers and pretty much everything you’ll need to enjoy your time along the trail.

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Arrival Day

 

Hikers should be prepared to meet us the night before to pickup coolers from Ready Camp to do your grocery and beverage shopping for your 5 days.

 

Day One:

 

Setting off at nearly 11,000 feet on the Colorado Trail, hikers are treated to 360 degree panoramic views of the San Juan Mountains right from the word go. The first 1/3 of the day will consist of a little up, a little down and a lotta beauty.

 

Day Two:

 

From your camp at Cascade Divide Rd your morning hike will deposit you at Celebration Lake near historic Graysill Mine, where you’ll start with a short climb up the Colorado Trail featuring long views south of the Animas Valley and the La Plata Mountains. Continue on the Colorado Trail…

 

Day Three:

 

Day three is your day to recover and enjoy a short hike along traversing terrain without any major climbs. Sleep in, hike slow and put your legs up early! Your trek today will be dominated by two images: The Hermosa Drainage and the distant La Plata Mountains.

 

Day Four:

 

Day four is typically cited as the hardest of your 4-day journey back to Durango. The payoff? It’s also frequently cited as the most beautiful, and without a doubt, the most remote. The day starts with a rolling traverse with long views back toward the Hermosa Creek drainage and even as far as the Weminuche Wilderness.

 

Day Five:

 

Your final day of trekking starts at the Champion Venture Road crossing, where the downhill hiking continues through thick, forested trail, past a gorgeous waterfall and finally onto the rocky trail cutting through the lush vegetation alongside Junction Creek.

 

What’s Included

 

  • Shuttle to Molas Pass
  • General camp/kitchen gear from Ready Camp
  • Camp/gear relocation each day

 

Not Included

 

  • Alcoholic Beverages – we can haul and keep them cold though!
  • Food shopping – you must plan and shop for your own menu
  • Lodging and transportation before and after the trip
  • Weather Control – Mother Nature has a mind of her own

 

This trip begins and ends in Durango, CO. Durago-La Plata Airport has numerous flights each day primarily from Denver and Phoenix. The closest “major” airport is Albuquerque 3.5 hours away.