Category Archives: Trail Information

New opening dates for Coal Camp loops in South Canyon

The City of Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Commission has chosen to change the current wildlife closure dates for the upper and lower Coal Camp loops in South Canyon. The new dates are as follows:

  • Lower Coal Camp Loop will be closed Dec. 1 through April 30, open on May 1st.
  • The Upper Coal Camp Trail will be closed Dec. 1 through May 15, open on May 16. 

City of Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Commission warns users that the spring opening day may be delayed due to high snow or large numbers of elk in the area.

Roaring Fork Trail Report April 16

The first big trail opening day of the season has arrived, but Mother Nature has decided to put the riding on hold untl sunny days and warm temperatures awaken the trails from their winter hibernation.

*** Keep in mind, it’s still only April and just because a trail is open, doesn’t mean you should ride it. If you encounter wet and/or snowy/muddy conditions, please turn back. Ride Dirt, Not Mud! .

When conditions permit, here are some of the popular trails open today, April 16th, 2020:


  • North Porcupine
  • Innie
  • Outie
  • Father of Ginormous
  • Trough
  • Next Jen
  • Skull Bucket


  • Buckhorn
  • Lower Buckhorn
  • Buckhorn Traverse
  • Vasten (Upper portions still hold snow.  Expect to be turned around by snowfields and large wet/muddy sections up high)

 *** IMPORTANT *** Riders can access or exit Lower Buckhorn from Rio Grande only East of the Catherine Store seasonal closure.  The Catherine Store section of the Rio Grande Trail is still closed and will be opening April 30th at 5 pm.

NOTE: Anyone planning to ride the “Up and Over” loop from Prince Creek to Rio Grande and back to Carbondale should be aware that they will need to detour through El Jebel until the Catherine Store section reopens at the end of April. 

* Glassier Trail IS NOT OPEN. So the Glassier/Buckhorn loop is NOT an option. Glassier opens May 16th. 


  • Elk Traverse and beyond


  • Stairway to Heaven and beyond 


  • South Canyon’s Lightning Bug and Tramway
  • Wulfson Trails
  • Grandstaff – Note: most of Grandstaff is still under plenty of snow.

What is still closed to riding:

  • Glassier Trail – opens May 16th
  • Coal Camp loops in South Canyon – the City of Glenwood Springs will open these trails when the snow melts.
  • Just about every trail upvalley from El Jebel  – Sky Mountain Park is scheduled to open May 16th.
  • Anything wet and muddy or under snow.

Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, Glenwood celebrate completion of newest South Canyon trails

Standing on a recently installed new bridge, Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes and Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) Executive Director Mike Pritchard cut the red ribbon to celebrate the addition of three new trails to the South Canyon Trail System.

In 2015, RFMBA worked on a concept trails plan for areas surrounding the city. The plan studied how to evolve current trails, but also identified land for potential new trail systems.

Shortly after its completion, the city and Garfield County helped with getting the wheels rolling even more so by contributing funds to RFMBA and its partners’ efforts.

Read the full article by Matthew Bennett in the Glenwood Post Independent

Now Open: New Dinkle Link Trail in Prince Creek

This is an easier blue trail that can be ridden as a short out-and-back, or the start of a mostly downhill shuttle ride.

: Winter seasonal closure from December 1 through April 15.


Named for it’s utility in connecting the Prince Creek trail network towards Dinkle Lake and the Hay Park trail, the trail connects Next Jen to the Divide Parking Lot Trailhead located at the top of Prince Creek Rd. and West Sopris Creek Rd. The trail continues to the southwest of this parking lot trailhead to connect more directly to Dinkle Lake Rd.

The trail is mostly an easy climb when connecting towards Next Jen from the Divide parking area. You’ll encounter sage fields, oak tree groves, and some shale bluffs along the way. The best feature of this trail might be the prominent views of Mount Sopris.

Some riders might arrange a shuttle from this relatively high location, heading up the trail to Next Jen, then descending towards Creek Side or climbing more to enjoy a descent of Skull Bucket Trail before continuing to Skill Saw (Lower Creek Side) and Monte Carlo and the lower Prince Creek area trails.

If you’re looking for a big climb while limiting time on roads, start down on Prince Creek Trail, continue up Monte Carlo, Skill Saw (Lower Creek Side) Creek Side, and Next Jen, use this trail to connect to Dinkle Lake Rd. and continue to a high point at the big view meadows of Hay Park trail before retracing your route back down.