One of the reasons newcomers are drawn to Colorado is the plentiful, natural beauty. There are so 41 state parks, 4 national parks and many trails that you can enjoy year round. If you are looking for an easy to advanced trail (depending on trail) Crags Trail is one that I enjoy because it is so close and the short drive is very scenic. Last week our youngest daughter was in town and so we made a trip to Crags. You go about 18 miles West of "the Springs" on Highway 24 until the Junction with Highway 67 and Hwy. 24. You go left or south on Hwy 67 for about 4 miles to Teller County 62 that is a dirt road. You have to watch carefully for two small signs, one for the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp and one for Crags Campground.The trail head starts just about a mile beyond the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.
This trail is open year round and as late as last week there were still patches of snow on the ground and it was quite slippery. That is normal for spring and winter at this elevation and it can still be chilly. The Crags gets its name from the "craggy" rock formations that you see along the trail. There are beautiful forest views and the unusual rock formations are amazing. At the top the views of the Rocky Mountains are spectacular. The hike took us about 3 hours and I was happy to get to spend this time with Marissa. Yes, I do have my cell phone in my hand because I was taking photos.