Rainbow Lakes Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.2 miles
Time Estimate: 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 334 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description
Covered in tall Alpine forests with rigid cliffs, deserts, and vast grasslands, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests are some of the most gorgeous areas to explore in Colorado. One of the most gorgeous trails in this area is the Rainbow Lakes Trail, mainly due to the multiple ponds, lakes, and high-elevated views of the surrounding areas.


Its not hard to find the trail, as the entrance sits in the Rainbow Lakes Campground. Although the campground is only open from June to September for camping, the parking lot is open year round for people looking to visit the trail. Even though camping isn't allowed in the campsite, its still available while outside of it and on the trail, as long as spots are 100 feet away from trails and water sources. Once on the trail, you and Fido will discover a secluded and quiet path, covered in shade with a sandy and rocky surface that ascends the ridge. There isn't much to see in that first mile other than wildlife, which can include deer, bears, groundhogs, beavers, mountain lions, boars, and turkeys.

After that first mile, the trail begins passing through the Rainbow Lakes area, which consists of over 9 lakes and ponds on either side of the trail. The first lake is on the left side of the trail to the south, perfect for swimming and fishing in the summer. Small fields surround the lakes as well, opening up the views for more scenery. After the trail passes by most of the lakes, it ends right past the largest lake, stopping at the edge of it and marking where hikers will have to turn around and hike back.

The scenic and quiet trail is perfect for taking Fido out on thanks to its secluded space and scenic views, but remember to keep Fido on a hand-held leash throughout the hike.

Trail Features
Ice, Muddy, Rocky, Beach, Forest, Lake, Diverse Landscape, Mountains, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Address
Rainbow Lake Campground, Highway 116
Nederland, CO 80466
Hours
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Address
Rainbow Lake Campground, Highway 116
Nederland, CO 80466
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset