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Arkansas Hills Trail System

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An awesome trail system located in the heart of downtown Salida, CO. There's something for all ability levels here. Couple that with plenty of food and beverage options a stone's throw from the trailhead and you've got yourself a full-fledged destination!

Recommended Routes in Arkansas Hills Trail System - 8

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Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Difficult

Cottonwood Tour

23.1 mi 37.1 km 2,520' Up 768.17 m Up 2,519' Down 767.83 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Intermediate/Difficult

S-Mtn Chicken for Dinner

9.7 mi 15.7 km 903' Up 275.1 m Up 902' Down 275.05 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Intermediate/Difficult

Salida Mountain Trails - Quick Tour

3.7 mi 6.0 km 516' Up 157.37 m Up 509' Down 155.11 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Very Difficult

S-Mtn Tech Gnar Ride

10.4 mi 16.7 km 1,813' Up 552.67 m Up 1,811' Down 551.89 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Difficult

S-Mtn Dude and Lung

7.2 mi 11.6 km 862' Up 262.77 m Up 862' Down 262.69 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite The new and improved Burnpile offers fantastic features built to get you airborne!
Intermediate

S-Mtn Short Tour

3.5 mi 5.6 km 308' Up 93.77 m Up 308' Down 93.93 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Mount Princeton is the best backdrop.
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Normal Route

89.3 mi 143.7 km 10,212' Up 3112.69 m Up 10,227' Down 3117.33 m Down

Salida, CO
Favorite Green room on the CT.
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Long Route

105.8 mi 170.3 km 11,781' Up 3590.8 m Up 11,793' Down 3594.38 m Down

Salida, CO

Arkansas Hills Trail System Biking

  • 288 Miles 464 Kilometers of Trail
  • 8 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 17 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 9 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Arkansas Hills Trail System - 24

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Chicken Dinner Trail
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
Salida, CO 44 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #2Cottonwood
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 37 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #3Rumba Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO 25 
3.1 mi 5.0 km #4North Backbone
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 22 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Hooligan
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 14 
1.5 mi 2.5 km #6Sand Dunes
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 16 
2.7 mi 4.4 km #7Beasway Trail
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
Salida, CO 20 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #8Rusty Lung
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
Salida, CO 12 
0.4 mi 0.7 km #9El Duderino
Very Difficult
Salida, CO
Very Difficult
Salida, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #10Sweet Dreams
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO 24 

Photos of Arkansas Hills Trail System - 73

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Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
The new and improved Burnpile offers fantastic features built to get you airborne!
Jan 30, 2017 near Salida, CO
One of the many technical drops on Uncle Nazty trail.
May 19, 2015 near Salida, CO
Sunset on North Backbone.
Nov 1, 2016 near Salida, CO
It's steeper than it looks!
Feb 15, 2017 near Salida, CO
Get out and fat bike on North Backbone!
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
The sun begins to set on an evening snow ride on North Backbone in the Arkansas Hills Trail System, Salida, CO.
Jan 27, 2017 near Salida, CO
Plenty of pink granite around you and under the wheels on North Backbone.
Mar 31, 2014 near Salida, CO