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if history repeats itself, we'll never know
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.
There is no running water at the trailhead.
The trail starts from a day-use area only.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.