Little Dolores Canyon

Total Miles


2,130.30 ft


4.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail offers some amazing views of Kings Canyon and the Little Dolores Canyon. Colorado National Monument is in this area, so you'll want to take your time do drive through this as well. It is a fee area. You can find some great camping along the way, and unlicensed vehicles are permitted. There is a staging area just before the trailhead.

Photos of Little Dolores Canyon

Little Dolores Canyon
Little Dolores Canyon
Little Dolores Canyon


Easy. Variety of conditions from graded roads to narrow, rutted and sandy roads. Steep in a few places with small rocky ledges. Do not attempt if wet.

Technical Rating


Status Reports

Chuck Enter
May 09, 2024
We were at the trailhead on 7-4-2023. Trailhead was gated, locked, and signed as no trespassing. Please let me know if this trailhead is now open. Thank you.
Ben Blecker
Jun 18, 2023
Permanently Closed
Locked Gate
Isaac Dow
Jun 03, 2023
2022 Toyota 4Runner

Access Description

Get off Interstate 70 at Exit 19. Head south on C.R. 340 and enter the Colorado National Monument (fee area) on your right. Continue through the park for 11 miles then turn right towards Glade Park. Go another 5 miles and turn right on DS Road. Start of trail is another 13.7 miles on the right just after private drive.

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