Columbine Canyon To Hondo Canyon Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"More than a century ago, miners blasted tunnels in the walls of Columbine Canyon, and the slopes bear the scars of the search for treasure. Throughout the Sangre de Cristo range around Red River, miners combed the canyons for silver and gold deposits.
A few found gold in the gravels of Columbine Creek, and the lure of yellow metal still attracts prospectors to the stream. Although hikers can take a gold pan and try their luck, they are more likely to find a bonanza in the form of abundant wildflowers, luscious wild strawberries, or bronze native trout."