Road Trip Worthy: Now is Perfect Time for Drive to Collbran
Are you in the mood for a short, pleasant walk along a paved trail? The next chance you get, set a course for Collbran, Colorado, and enjoy the tranquility of the Plateau Creek.
I made the drive up the Grand Mesa on February 9, 2020. It was absolutely awesome. The dogs were starting to get cabin fever, so it seemed a walk along the creek was in order. At the time, there was still ample snow on the ground. As a matter of fact, a light snow had just begin to fall. The video at top shows the creek in the springtime. Winter is a slightly different story. Check out the photo below.
Sometimes you're just in the mood for a paved trail rather than tromping through the mud. This short trail offers quite a bit of eye candy, all without the hassles of a messy hike. According to the National Weather Service, Collbran can expect snow this Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (February 23-25). Please note: there's not a whole lot of winter left, so don't miss this opportunity.
The drive up the Mesa alone makes the trip worthwhile. Upon arriving in Collbran, find a convenient parking place and set out on the trail. It is located in the main part of town, right across the bridge. I usually park over by the American Servicewomen's Memorial.
The trail follows Plateau Creek for a short distance. Along the way, you'll enjoy plenty of magnificent scenery and even a picnic table. This trail is wheelchair friendly and accessible to just about anyone. There is very little pitch to the trail and no stairs.
Personally, I enjoy this walk in the very early hours. I especially enjoy it in the winter. The video above was shot on my way back to the trailhead, right around 8 in the morning.
NOTE: When water runs high in the creek portions of the trail find themselves underwater. When this happens, access to the trail will be closed.
When you've completed the walk, pay a visit to the nearby creamery or downtown cafe, both only about a half a block from the start of the trail. I mentioned them on the air a while back, and they invited me to come by. I have yet to take them up on the offer.
Use this trail! It was funded by proceeds from the Colorado Lottery and is there for all to enjoy. Get up to Collbran before winter ends and walk the trail along the Plateau Creek.