Reilly and Levsa Canyons

Trinidad, Colorado 81082

Reilly and Levsa Canyons

Reilly and Levsa Canyons Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike first follows the Levsa Canyon Nature Trail and then about 2.6 miles of the Reilly Canyon Trail. Winding through piñon pine and juniper forest gives you an idea of the land through which early settlers traveled, especially on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail (where I-25 now exists). The suggested turnaround point is a bench where the trail approaches Trinidad Lake and has a good view of the dam. Look for deer in some of the meadows. While hiking you can catch views of Fishers Peak, as well as the old coal mines and town sites on or below the south shore.

As you hike the Reilly Canyon Trail, imagine driving a horse-drawn wagon through the area. Some of the trail appears fairly negotiable while other sections dropping into the canyons and ravines would be a bit dicey.The suggested hiking route starts at the trailhead near the campground. Hike up the first part of Levsa Canyon Nature Trail, then take the right fork and follow the Reilly Canyon Trail for about 2.2 more miles (the mileage noted on the bulletin board starts at this intersection)."

Reilly and Levsa Canyons Trip Reports

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Nice hike through pinions and junipers, especially as you descend into canyons. Map was a bit confusing but trail is well-marked, well-maintained, and easy to follow. Only complaint is that you can still hear road noise an hour into the hike.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
390 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 to 4.5 hours
Year-round except after big snowstorms
Trinidad Lake State Park, Trinidad; 719-846-6951; placestogo/parks/trinidadlake
Local Contacts
USGS Trinidad West
Local Maps

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