Box Canyon - Hiking
Box Canyon Trail parallels the West Mancos River in the beautiful La Plata Range of the San Juan mountains.
6.4 miles to Golconda and 6.4 to return: 12.8. The West Mancos Trail is 4.0 miles to its intersection with the Mancos Rim Trail, which runs about 1.6 miles back to the trailhead. That makes the loop 12.0 miles. There is also the Box Canyon Spur, which can be added for another 2-4 miles.
Destination Distance From Downtown
A very steep and rocky descent at the start and a bit rough going through the creek bottom . A few creek crossings. Many talus fields to cross on the West Mancos return route.
Time To Complete
That's 12 miles at 2 mph. If Granny and the kids are along, you may want to double the times. Young people in excellent shape could cut off an hour or two.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
Summer is best. Spring comes late and snowbanks can linger well into June in spots. Fall can be stunning with the aspen all aglow but hikers should be aware that there are lots of hunters here in October.