Hiking at 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.
         Your hiking experience will be truly natural "forest bathing."


The Sage Flat area of Colwell Cedars Retreat has 3 hiking trails with beautiful views and habitats.

 There are three trails in this area.  Two circle and cross the sage-covered flat area, and the third connects with the Ruby Springs and Center Ridge trails.  Beautiful views and varied habitats.


The Ruby Springs area of Colwell Cedars has 9 trails with massive old cedars, rare orchids and more.

 There are nine trails in this section.  Massive ancient cedars, a pond and springs, rare orchids, homestead remains, amazing wild roses, and so much more.


The Center Ridge area of Colwell Cedars has 7 trails, thru cedar, pine, and "queen of Delta County."

There are seven trails in this section.  Broad views, mixed sage and cedars, lichen-covered boulders, dryland wildflowers,  Pinyon Point, and the rare "queen of Delta County" milkweed.


The Cabin Creek area of Colwell Cedars has 8 trails. Cedars young and old, wildflowers, sweet views.

There are eight trails in this section. Very diverse, with mixed habitats with young and ancient cedars, wildflowers, and views large and small. 


The West Ridge area of Colwell Cedars has 4 trails. Big views, barrel cacti, sage, cedar, and sego.

 There are four trails in this area.  Mostly dryland plant communities, with a different dominant flower every year: barrel cacti, sego lilies, draba, and more.


          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.

           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.

            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.  

Rock cairns, flagging, and rustic signs guide you throughout Colwell Cedars Retreat.

Rock cairns, flagging, and rustic signs guide you along the hiking trails at Colwell Cedars Retreat.
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