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Rock cairns, flagging and signposts guide throughout Colwell Cedars Retreat

            There are 31 trails with a total length of about 4 miles.   They range from easy trails of only a few hundred feet to difficult trails 1/5 mile in length.  The trails are organized in relation to the five unique topographical features at Cedars:   Sage Flat Area, Ruby Springs Drainage, Center Ridge Area, Cabin Creek Drainage, and West Ridge Area.   Click on the photo-buttons to explore possibilities.   Mobile users can read more details on your desktop devices.

Ruby Springs Area Trails at Colwell Cedars Retreat

          The trails allow us and our visitors to enjoy the natural wonders easily and quickly, taking you on new adventures in changing settings, allowing you to explore, discover and escape in this magical place.   We are always ready to guide you on a hike or point the way for you to discover on your own.
          The pleasure is all ours!

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         Criss-crossing our forty acres, most trails are hidden from each other due to topography and vegetation.  All have unique views, habitats, wildlife, and experiences waiting for you.  Ridgetops are dry site, old growth juniper and sagebrush, with views of the North Fork Valley, the nearby West Elk and Ruby Range Wilderness areas and the distant San Juans.  The creek bottoms have year-round streams, with cattail and watercress, small ripples and waterfalls; juniper grow tall and straight here, quite distinct from the gnarly, twisted ancient trees on the ridge tops.   In-between are dense forests and rock outcrops that each have their own personalities.
          In this dry climate, it is refreshing to hike a trail in the rain as the moss on the rocks puffs up like  sponges.   Snow changes the landscape as rocks and yucca poke up through new snow.  In the heat of the summer, the streams offer natural air conditioning.
          For guests with short-range or limited walking abilities, we use our bench-seat 4-wheeler to ferry guests to the remote trailheads, or take guests for viewing tours along the old 4-wheel tracks to the end of West Ridge and to Sage Flat.  We provide GPS-created trail maps, illustrating trail variety and lengths.
           Because there is so much to see as you watch the slide-show "hikes,"  we recommend "hiking" only a few at a time and return again for subsequent "hiking-reads."

Center Ridge Trails at Colwell Cedars Retreat
West Ridge Trails at Colwell Cedars Retreat
Sage Flat Area Trails at Colwell Cedars Retreat
Cabin Creek Trails at Colwell Cedars Retreat

Trails of Cedars