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Indian Fire Nature Trail, CO

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
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Distance Lasso-Loop 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,562 feet
Elevation Gain 32 feet
Accumulated Gain 33 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 0.67
Interest Historic & Perennial Creek
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5  2021-03-28
Indian Fire
PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 216
Photos 5,948
Trips 1,080 map ( 2,419 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  4:46am - 7:38pm
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if history repeats itself, we'll never know
by PaleoRob

Likely In-Season!
Overview The Indian Fire trail is a short nature hike on the west shore of Crawford Reservoir. There are informational stops that correspond to an informational brochure available at the trailhead (when stocked) and at the visitor center on the eastern shore of the lake.

History The sign at the trailhead states that the Indian Fire Trail gets its name from a historical event involving the Utes living in the area in the 1880s but provides no additional details.

Hike The hike is simple and straightforward. From the parking area on the west side of the lake, take the trail that starts on the north end of the lot. The trail drops briefly and crosses a marshy area on a bridge. Shortly after the bridge, the trail splits, and there is a sign directing you to the right. You'll follow along the lake's shoreline for about a quarter-mile, stopping at various signs and admiring the views of Crawford Lake, the West Elk Mountains, and Needle Rock. The trail will turn around at a small bay/canyon and climb slightly. The trail back is just as scenic as the way out, and more interpretive stops dot the route. Eventually, you will reach the junction from earlier; from there, it is only a few hundred feet until you are back at the parking area. This is a great, short hike for kids.

Water Sources
There is no running water at the trailhead.

Camping
The trail starts from a day-use area only.

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2021-04-01 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Colorado State Park Fee $7-9 per vehicle, more info


    Directions
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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Crawford, take State Route 92 south to Black Canyon Road. Turn right on Black Canyon Road and follow the road along the western shore of the lake. There is a signed turn for the day-use area just where Black Canyon Road turns west and leaves the lake's area. Turn into the parking area or access it from the gravel parking lot just before the turnoff if the gate is closed for car traffic.
    page created by PaleoRob on Apr 01 2021 8:35 am
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