Deadhorse Gulch

Scout Route
4.7/5 (7 reviews)

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Dead Horse Gulch is a challenging connector trail between the Aspen Ridge trail and Spiral Drive in Salida, with gorgeous views of the Arkansas Valley. It's best run downhill for the views of both the Collegiate Peaks and Sangre De Christos as you descend into Salida. The trail is mostly narrow and rocky, with several moderately difficult sections and one optional ledge obstacle that requires a good break-over angle. There are few passing places, but the trail is lightly traveled, so you are unlikely to encounter anyone coming the other way. The trail isn't recommended for full-size trucks due to a couple of narrow, off-camber shelf-road sections.

While most of the trail is unsuitable for camping, there are a handful of small dispersed campsites near both the top and bottom of the trail. More camping is available off connecting roads at the northern end. The lower part of the trail is intertwined with a network of mountain bike trails, so watch for mountain bikers and share the trail.