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BABBISH GULCH

During the winter, Babbish Gulch is a favorite destination for Nordic skiers and snowshoers; in the warmer seasons the trail becomes a destination for day hikers and mountain bikers.

Babbish Gulch at Sunlight Mountain Resort offers 29 kilometers of groomed cross-country and snowshoe trails. Beginning, intermediate and advanced trails meander through a gorgeous high valley that is flanked by two peaks, Sunlight Mountain and Williams Peak.

Every year on the Sunday closest to December 7th, Sunlight Mountain Resort hosts the Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race, an exhilarating 8-kilometer race through Babbish Gulch. The race was created in 1991 as a way to honor the servicemen who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Over the years, it has become a popular community event for families and their canine pets. In fact, it is a fundraising event for animal shelters in Garfield and Pitkin counties. During the summer months, Babbish Gulch is a favorite destination for mountain bikers and horseback riders.

Contact Information

Sunlight Mountain Resort

10901 County Road 117
Glenwood Springs, CO 8160
Trail Details

• Uses: Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing
• Length: 3.2 miles (5.2 km) trip on the Babbish Loop Trail and about 5 miles of surrounding Babbish Trail System
• Ability Rating: Moderate
• Usage: Light to moderate
• Dogs permitted

Parking

Located at the base of Sunlight Mountain Resort, take Grand Avenue south, turn right at 27th St. At the second roundabout take the second exit to head south on Midland Ave. and turn right on Four Mile Road. Follow Four Mile Road for approximately 10 miles until it terminates at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The trailhead is located near the entrance to the parking area.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Visit Glenwood Springs

Hanging Lake winter hiking reservations are  available through March 31, 2024. The US Forest Service has scheduled a rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring and last throughout the summer months. Reservations will be available at the discretion of the US Forest Service, continue to check this page for updates. Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal. 

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