- West of Boulder
- 2 mile roundtrip
- 1 to 1.5 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 10000 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 250 feet
- June - October
Your request has been processed, thank you!
We also have the following visitor guides in Arizona. Click on any additional guides you would like to receive.
Zion National Park - North Rim Grand Canyon Southern Utah
Zion National Park - North Rim Grand Canyon
San Juan County Southeast Utah
San Juan County
Capitol Reef Country Central Utah
Capitol Reef Country
Kingman Route 66
Sierra Vista Southern Arizona
Tucson Southeast Arizona
Sedona Central Arizona
Glendale Phoenix Area - Central Arizona
Bisbee Southern Arizona
Lake Havasu City Western Arizona
Lake Havasu City
Tempe Phoenix Area - Central Arizona
Arizona - The Grand Canyon State Statewide
Arizona - The Grand Canyon State
Bryce Canyon Country Southern Utah
Bryce Canyon Country
Grand Canyon National Park
Utah - Life Elevated Statewide
Utah - Life Elevated
Prescott: An Arizona Gem Central Arizona
Prescott: An Arizona Gem
Chandler Phoenix area - Central Arizona
Discover Gilbert Phoenix Area
Town of Clifton Southeastern
Town of Clifton
Holiday River Expeditions Utah, Colorado and Idaho
Holiday River Expeditions
We also have visitor guides available in states highlighted in blue below. Click on any state to see what's available.
- New Mexico
Rainbow Lakes Trail, #918, heads west from the trailhead. It soon enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail is an easy hike up to the Rainbow Lakes (ele. 10,200), a series of small lakes and beaver ponds.
Map + Directions
Approximately 7 miles north of Nederland, on Highway 72, turn west onto Rainbow Lakes Road (a.k.a. County Road 116, and FDR 298).
Look for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station sign. Drive past the Sourdough Trailhead, and after approximately 1 mile turn left (south) on FDR 298, following signs for Rainbow Lakes Campground.
This is a rough, native-surfaced road and it is about 5 miles from Hwy. 72 to the trailhead. High clearance vehicles are recommended, although passenger cars and other vehicles, driven slowly, should have no problem negotiating the road.
Trailhead parking is at the west end of the Rainbow Lakes Campground.