3 Days of Outdoor Adventure Cutthroat Trout Fishing in Colorado's Streams & Lakes

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Connect with Colorado's Rio Grande and Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, two species that define the legacy and lore of the West.

Sustainability Activity
Catch and Release

Using proper catch and release techniques will help conserve western native trout species. Colorado's fishing regulations contain useful tips on how to release a fish and safely remove hooks.

Day
1
Mountain Lyon Cafe in Silverthorne Photo
Breakfast
Mountain Lyon Cafe

Mountain Lyon Cafe serves hearty helpings for breakfast or lunch at an affordable price. A selection of omelets to chicken fried steak to…

Activity
Hike to Mohawk Lakes

Hike through pine and aspen forest, along a mountain stream, to a beautiful waterfall spilling over granite slabs. Breaking out above treeline, arrive at Lower Mohawk Lake, then take in spectacular views of the neighboring mountain ranges at Upper Mohawk Lake. Stop and do a little fishing for Colorado River Cutthroat Trout.

Insider's Tip
Gear Up

Before heading to Mohawk Lakes, swing by Breckenridge Outfitters to rent fishing gear and get a few pro tips.

Insider's Tip
Grab Lunch for Your Hike

The hike to Mohawk Lakes is too long for you to hike out, fish and get back for lunch. So pack a gourmet sandwich from Cabin Coffee Company to take with you.

Lunch
Cabin Coffee Company
Make great boxed lunches to go. We serve bagels and coffee, so people can get their breakfast here, too, and grab a boxed lunch to go.
Activity
Bike Boreas Pass Road

Mountain bike on this popular trail that only gains 1,100 feet in elevation. It's a nice and easy ride for optimal scenery sighting.

Insider's Tip
Reserve Your Ride

Rent a mountain bike from Alpine Sports Rental, then get ready to hit the trails.

Dinner
Twist
Eclectic American comfort food served in a cozy cottage eatery with a patio and mountain views.
Activity
Drive the Collegiate Peaks Byway

Drive along the scenic Collegiate Peaks Byway and marvel at some of the state's highest mountains on your way to charming Buena Vista.

Lodging
Elk Mountain Dude Ranch

Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9,600 feet with off-the-beaten-path charm. Weekly package includes horseback riding, white water rafting,…

Day
2
Insider's Tip
Take a Bright & Early Drive to Durango

Rise, shine and head toward Durango to enjoy breakfast and get your day's adventures off to a great start.

Breakfast
Durango Doughworks
Donuts, bagels, coffee, burritos, salads, sandwiches, dine in, grab-and-go.
Activity
Fish Hermosa Creek

Hermosa Creek Trail is an 18.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Durango that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June–October. Wet your fishing line for Colorado River Cutthroat Trout.

Insider's Tip
Land Some Gear or a Guide

Didn't bring your fishing supplies with you? Duranglers is here to help. They offer guided trips, classes and more.

Lunch
Gazpacho

"Our business philosophy here at Gazpacho's is to keep it really simple, use the freshest best ingredients we can, stay true to the traditional…

Activity
Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour

Visit the secret underground world of the gold miner! Ride electric mine train then easy walking. See live mining equipment demonstrations. Pan…

Dinner
Steamworks Brewing Co.

Steamworks Brewing Co. offers much more than just award-winning craft beer. Our "gastropub" fare includes regional meats and sustainable seafood…

Activity
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic steam-powered or diesel locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old…

Lodging
Historic Strater Hotel

THE OFFICE SPIRITORIUM, with its lavish and comfortable décor, can't really be called a bar, saloon, tavern, or lounge but a delightful office…

Day
3
Insider's Tip
Make Your Way to Alamosa

Your breakfast awaits in Alamosa, the perfect jumping-off point for a day of fishing in the Mystic San Luis Valley

Breakfast
Milagros Coffee House

Drink Coffee....Love Others!  Milagros Coffeehouse not only serves a full line of delicious espresso and coffee drinks, teas, and baked goods, we…

Activity
Fish Medano Lake

Little Medano Creek Trail to Medano Lake is a 25.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca. It's a river home to the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, so get ready to fish the day away.

Insider's Tip
Get Outfitted

If you need some supplies for your Medano Lake trip, check out Wolf Creek Anglers Fly Shop and Conejos River Anglers

Lunch
Locavores
Locavores serves fresh, inspired food at our fast-casual restaurant in Alamosa, Colorado. Every day in the store we roast our own meats and prepare…
Activity
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways…
Dinner
San Luis Valley Brewing
Offers the finest in craft brews and fine food in an inviting atmosphere.
Activity
Go on a Historic Walking Tour

Stroll around downtown Alamosa to see its small-town charm and learn about the history of the area from the Victorian-era houses to the Mission Revival and Art Deco styles that stand side-by-side.

Lodging
Riverside Meadows Cabins

FREE Rafting, Kayaking and Snowshoeing. Located on the banks of the Rio Grande River in South Fork. Handhwen dovetail log cabins built by the…