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Bear Creek National Recreation Trail

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Address: Ouray, CO

Beginning at an elevation of 7,900 feet and ending at 9,200 feet, this...

Beginning at an elevation of 7,900 feet and ending at 9,200 feet, this eight-mile, easy-to-moderate trail allows hiking, horseback riding and trail biking as the only forms of transportation.

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Your One Hike in Area

We weren't able to stay longer than 3 days in Ouray. This hike was a recommendation, and we were so glad we did it! The views were great around every bend. Definitely go on a... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2016
Delafield, Wisconsin
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

We weren't able to stay longer than 3 days in Ouray. This hike was a recommendation, and we were so glad we did it! The views were great around every bend. Definitely go on a clear day, you can see the red mountains and Ouray from on high! Passing by the mines that are abandoned and much history of the... More 

Thank seeindasites
Loveland, Colorado
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

The Bear Creek NRT is just minutes away from Ouray. The trailhead is across the road from the parking area. It starts uphill immediately, so you won't have time to warm up your core gradually. There is slate on part of the trail and it actually is a delicate sound when you hike on it. You will be hiking on... More 

Thank Bugger4Oz
Allen, Texas, United States
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

it was a fun hike. A bit rocking in places, but great views. It is in part narrow trail with a far dropoff, but be mindful and sobor and you will be fine on this trail.We only went as far as the little bridge before the mine, 4 mile round trip. there are great places to have a picnic and... More 

Thank Will P
Port Townsend, Washington
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a really odd, interesting and rewarding route. It starts by hiking up over a tunnel the highway runs through, climbs up through shale, then suddenly turns to quartzite, contours under massive cliffs, above a wild creek, and takes you up to cool old mining buildings and massive machinery. In the higher section, the wildflowers should delight, and the... More 

Thank Insanepeace
Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Loved this trail despite my fear of exposure - a trail blasted into the side of a rock cliff. Wonderful views of the gorge and the mountain range to the west. Keep an eye open to the cliffs on the south side where you can see how the miners followed the intrusions to vertically mine the rock. It makes you... More 

Thank Cat D
Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

In the beginning you feel the slate switch backs will never end (about a mile). When they finally do...WOW! What Views! Mountains abound! However...part of the trail itself can be a bit daunting to those who have a fear of heights. You are really high up on a shelf (that was blasted out of the mountain by the miners back... More 

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Indianapolis, IN
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

This was the best hike we did in Colorado. We went to Yellow Jacket mine, 8.4 miles round trip and 2700 feet vertical. I recommend going all the way to Yellow Jacket, the mining ruins are way better than Bear Creek mine which was pretty ordinary. There are also beautiful wildflower meadows between Bear Creek and Yellow Jacket mines and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 24 July 2015

If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful valley to spend a day or two, this is the place. It is a small park, less than 20 parking spots, but the valley is beautiful and very walkable. The best news is, there are few insects in the area. There may be an occassional bear or rattlesnake, but they are rare... More 

1 Thank Char M
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

This was my 1st trip to Ouray and what an amazingly beautiful town with so much to do! We hiked the Bear Creek trail and went on to the Yellow Jacket trail. This hike has so many different things to see. Never a dull moment! I can see why this is the locals favorite.

Thank Lisa A
Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 12 June 2015 via mobile

This is one of the best trails ever and I say this after spending the week before hiking Yosemite, Sequoia National Forest and the Grand Canyon. It's breathtaking. We only hiked the 2.5 (5 mile RT) miles to the first mine but fully intend to start earlier and hike at least to the 2nd mine. The beginning of the trail... More 

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