Colorado River Trail is a hiking trail in Grand County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 9,043 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,398 feet. The Colorado River Trailhead information guidepost and the Colorado River Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there is an information guidepost. The trail ends near the Lulu City Cemetery (elevation 9,360 feet) grave yard.
Colorado River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Lulu City is an old mining town that no longer exists, but the ghosts still linger. This trail maps the route to the town, passing old cabins and the mountain views the 200 or so residents would have seen in the late 1800s. The trail is level and follows the Colorado River with constant views of the mountain ridges of the Never Summers."
--Kim Lipker, Day & Overnight Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This interesting, easy trail up a beautiful riparian valley goes through a mining ghost town that was home to 200 people and has many historic memories. Climbing up to see the appropriately named small canyon is a treat, not only for the canyon view, but because of the commanding, peaceful view of one the most idyllic looking river valleys on the continent."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
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