Whipple Trail

Length of Hike: 2.6 miles RT

Difficulty Level:  Moderate

This trail provides grand views of the Collegiate Peaks across the valley to the west. It follows a portion of the old Midland Railroad grade above the Arkansas River. Several kiosks along the trail provide historical information about the area.  The trail has about a 600ft elevation gain and the main portion is a 2.6-mile loop. There are several connectors to other trails as well. The Whipple Trail is also a popular spot for mountain biking. It is quite common to see rafts and kayaks in the Arkansas River during the summer months and the fall foliage along the river is an autumn wonderland. This area is brimming with beauty that greatly promotes the “quality of life” of the residents. The trail system is named after Barbara Whipple a local artist who owned an art gallery on Main Street.


Directions to Whipple Trail

At traffic light, travel east on Main Street to the end, and park in large dirt parking lot.  This trail begins at the footbridge over the Arkansas River in the Buena Vista River Park. (15-minute drive time from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort)

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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