- 2 mile roundtrip
- 1 to 1.5 hours
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Mesa Verde Country
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Red River Northern New Mexico
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Delta County Western
Cripple Creek Central Colorado - Pikes Peak Region
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South Fork Southwestern Colorado
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- New Mexico
The Oak Flat Loop Trail offers variety to the hiker who would like to explore below the rim without taking on the challenge of hiking to the river. Parents should be aware that the trail is narrow in places and traverses some steep slopes. The trail begins near the Visitor Center. Go a short distance to the Oak Flat Loop/River Access sign and follow the trail which leads right. Descend through a grove of aspen to another signed junction. Turn left here to continue on the Oak Flat Loop. The trail meanders through a thicket of oak scrub (Gambel oak) passing near a rock outcrop, a pleasant location where you can relax and enjoy the view. The trail then heads west where it begins its ascent through a forest of Douglas fir, Aspen, and Gambel oak. On the return leg one encounters another unmarked overlook offering spectacular views downstream. Pets are not allowed.
This is one of the South Rim Trails.