Colorado's Great Sand Dunes with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the bacground.
Photo: National Park Service
Trail #2. Sangre De Cristo [Difficult]: Located in Colorado's Rio Grande and San Isabel National Forests, this hike may leave some hanging – literally. Running southwest from Cañon City to Taos, this is one of the longest chains of mountains in the world.
The four fourteeners that are known for their jagged appearances are said to be some of the hardest climbs that Colorado’s mountains have to offer. The vertical rocks ascend almost into the sky, and the long-range view and deep red sunset make it worth an all day hike. The trails offered allow travelers on foot and horseback, as they lead into the Rio Grande Wilderness Area. For more information about lodging and recreation opportunities in Saguache County near Sangre De Cristo, click here.