The Arkansas Hills Trail System is a collection of eleven hiking/biking trails north of Salida, Colorado that each range from 0.4 to 3.2 miles in length. There are several points of access and multiple trail possibilities. All trails are well maintained and well marked.
This is a 5.1 mile point-to-point trail that is part of the Colorado Trail System. In the summer it is good for hiking and mountain biking. In the winter it is good for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.
The Little Rainbow Trail is a 4.7 mile point-to-point trail and is the longest in the Methodist Mountain Trail System south of Salida, Colorado. The trail features views of Salida and the surrounding mountain ranges and is good for all skill levels.
Monarch Spur Trail is a 2.5 mile point-to-point paved trail that runs between the Arkansas River in downtown Salida to the end of the railroad right-of-way near CR-120. The trail provides access from town to city parks, fields, and neighborhoods. It also provides views of the surrounding mountains.
North Backbone is the longest trail on the Arkansas Hills Trail System north of Salida, Colorado. It is good all year round for various activities such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, or snowshoeing. This trail connects with a larger system of trails.