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Arkansas Hills Trail System

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36 mi 58 km of trail 8 Rides

Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 15 Trails Hard Trails 11 Trails

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!

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Rides 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 • Loop • 2,520 ft Ascent 768.17 m Ascent

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

S-Mtn Chicken for Dinner

9.7 mi 15.7 km • Loop • 903 ft Ascent 275.1 m Ascent

(12) Salida, CO
Favorite Frontside trail provides stellar views of the high peaks surrounding Salida.
Intermediate

Salida Mountain Trails - Quick Tour

3.7 mi 6.0 km • Loop • 516 ft Ascent 157.37 m Ascent

(16) 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 • Point to Point • 1,813 ft Ascent 552.67 m Ascent

(1) Salida, CO
Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Normal Route

89.3 mi 143.7 km • Point to Point • 10,212 ft Ascent 3112.69 m Ascent

(1) 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 • Loop • 308 ft Ascent 93.77 m Ascent

(1) Salida, CO
Favorite Views from the Colorado Trail
Difficult

Salida Big Friggin' Loop - Long Route

105.8 mi 170.3 km • Point to Point • 11,781 ft Ascent 3590.8 m Ascent

(1) 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 • Loop • 862 ft Ascent 262.77 m Ascent

(2) Salida, CO

Trails in Arkansas Hills Trail System - 24

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Chicken Dinner Trail
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Salida, CO 41 
2.9 mi 4.6 km #2Cottonwood
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
2.9 mi 4.6 km Salida, CO 33 
2.2 mi 3.6 km #3Rumba Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.6 km Salida, CO 23 
3.1 mi 5.0 km #4North Backbone
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
3.1 mi 5.0 km Salida, CO 20 
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Hooligan
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
0.7 mi 1.1 km Salida, CO 13 
1.5 mi 2.5 km #6Sand Dunes
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
1.5 mi 2.5 km Salida, CO 14 
2.7 mi 4.4 km #7Beasway Trail
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
2.7 mi 4.4 km Salida, CO 18 
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8El Duderino
Very Difficult
Salida, CO
Very Difficult
0.4 mi 0.7 km Salida, CO
2.2 mi 3.5 km #9Sweet Dreams
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.2 mi 3.5 km Salida, CO 23 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #10Uncle Nazty
Very Difficult
Salida, CO
Very Difficult
0.8 mi 1.3 km Salida, CO 12 
1.5 mi 2.4 km #11Rusty Lung
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.4 km Salida, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km #12Burn Pile
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.1 km Salida, CO 13 
0.4 mi 0.6 km #13Dude Abides
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
0.4 mi 0.6 km Salida, CO
0.5 mi 0.8 km #14Pauli
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Salida, CO
1.7 mi 2.8 km #15Backbone
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Salida, CO 13 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #16Lil Rattler
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Salida, CO 13 
1.2 mi 2.0 km #17Frontside
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
1.2 mi 2.0 km Salida, CO 14 
1.9 mi 3.1 km #18Dream On
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
1.9 mi 3.1 km Salida, CO
0.7 mi 1.2 km #19Prospector
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Salida, CO
0.4 mi 0.6 km #20Jalapeno
Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Salida, CO
0.2 mi 0.3 km #21Sgt Pepper
Easy/Intermediate
Salida, CO
Easy/Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.3 km Salida, CO
0.2 mi 0.3 km #22Poblano
Easy
Salida, CO
Easy
0.2 mi 0.3 km Salida, CO
6.2 mi 10.0 km #23CR173
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
6.2 mi 10.0 km Salida, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #24Tenderfoot
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
0.8 mi 1.3 km Salida, CO

Photos of Arkansas Hills Trail System - 70

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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
Plenty of pink granite around you and under the wheels on North Backbone.
Mar 31, 2014 near Salida, CO
Riders on the new lower extension of Rusty Lung.
Nov 12, 2018 near Salida, CO