5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Colorado

By Madison Dragna

5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Colorado

There are so many incredible trails in Colorado that are perfect for trail runners. From flat and easy terrain to steep and rocky trails, the variety of trails in Colorado is great for all types of runners. Lace up your best pair of shoes for these five awesome trail running spots in Colorado.

1. Mesa Trail

This out-and-back trail in Boulder is a fun yet challenging run. Spanning 13.4 miles, Mesa Trail can be accessed from either Chautauqua Park trailhead or the South Mesa Trailhead in Eldorado Canyon. This area is teeming with wildlife, such as mule deer, falcons, and even black bears and mountain lions. Much of the trail is through ponderosa pines with spots granting views of the Flatirons, which are Boulder’s iconic rock formations. Since this trail has a 3,200-foot elevation gain, runners will most definitely get a workout while running the Mesa Trail. 

2. Animas Mountain

Expect spectacular views from the trail up Animas Mountain in Durango. The trail is a six-mile loop on some difficult and rocky terrain. Runners should look forward to uphill running for a couple miles. However, the views of Durango from this trail are worth all the effort. Animas Mountain is recommended for skilled trail runners hoping to add more uphill activity into their running routine.

3. Crag Crest Trail

Head to western Colorado to find this trail-running gem near Grand Junction. Crag Crest Trail is a 10-mile trail loop with moderate terrain, making it perfect for a run. Located on Colorado’s Grand Mesa, this trail is sure to boast incredible views of western Colorado. Runners will find wildflowers and views of 14,000-foot mountains in the San Juan Mountain Range. 

4. Turquoise Lake

The trail around this high alpine lake in Leadville follows rolling hills and has minimal elevation gain. If you’re simply looking for a trail run that will get you acclimated to higher elevations, running Turquoise Lake Trail is the one for you. This trail also has incredible views of two 14,000-foot mountains, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive. This trail is only accessible for running during the summer months. 

5. Mount Falcon

Mount Falcon near Morrison is a scenic and fun trail run. Start out on the Mount Falcon West Loop for an easier run. However those seeking a challenge should head to the Turkey Trot Trail or Castle Trail, both of which offer steep elevation climbs. This area has a number of side trails to explore too. Since this trail is located in Morrison, Mount Falcon is one of the most accessible trail runs on this list for Denver runners. 

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