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

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

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.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
Breakfast

Mountain Lyon Cafe

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Mountain Lyon Cafe serves hearty helpings for breakfast or lunch at an affordable price. A selection of omelets to chicken fried steak to breakfast tacos will fill you up and keep you going all... Read More

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Gear Up:

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

Activity

Hike to Mohawk Lakes

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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

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

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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. Read More

Insider's Tip

Reserve Your Ride:

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

Activity

Bike Boreas Pass Road

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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.
Dinner

Twist

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Eclectic American comfort food served in a cozy cottage eatery with a patio and mountain views. Read More
Activity

Drive the Collegiate Peaks Byway

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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

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Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9,600 feet with off-the-beaten-path charm. Cabins and lodge rooms all tastefully furnished with western decor. Weekly package includes horseback riding, white... Read More

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

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Donuts, bagels, coffee, burritos, salads, sandwiches, dine in, grab-and-go. Read More

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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.

Activity

Fish Hermosa Creek

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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.
Lunch

Gazpacho

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"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 New Mexican red and green chili and everything... Read More

Activity

Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour

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Visit the secret underground world of the gold miner! Ride electric mine train then easy walking. See live mining equipment demonstrations. Pan for gold and silver - Free with tour purchase!  ... Read More

Dinner

Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Steamworks Brewing Co. offers much more than just award-winning craft beer. Our "gastropub" fare includes regional meats and sustainable seafood. Healthy salads, delicious pizzas and spicy... Read More

Activity

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

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Experience the adventure of traveling by a historic steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Wind through spectacular and... Read More

Lodging

Historic Strater Hotel

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Built in 1887, the historic Strater Hotel (Historic Hotel of America Founding Member) is one of the West's iconic hotels and a prominent downtown Durango, Colorado landmark located two blocks... Read More

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

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Drink Coffee....Love Others!  Milagros Coffeehouse not only serves a full line of delicious espresso and coffee drinks, teas, and baked goods, we also support the efforts of La Puente Home in... Read More

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Get Outfitted:

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

Activity

Fish Medano Lake

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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.
Lunch

Locavores

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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 fresh ingredients – including our famous sauces. Read More
Activity

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Whether you play in Medano Creek, build a sand... Read More
Dinner

San Luis Valley Brewing

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Offers the finest in craft brews and fine food in an inviting atmosphere. Read More
Activity

Go on a Historic Walking Tour

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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

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FREE Rafting, Kayaking and Snowshoeing. Located on the banks of the Rio Grande River in South Fork. Handhwen dovetail log cabins built by the owners. Private and secluded setting, onsite fishing... Read More