You can go for as long as you like on this part single track, part old railroad bed, fairly flat trail between 7900 and 8100 feet.
Directions: At the only stoplight in town, head east until the road turns to dirt. Keep following it east, past the baseball diamonds, to the parking area. To reach the trail, jog across the bridge over the Arkansas River, turn right. Follow the dirt path for about 1 1/4 miles until you come to the Midland (unmarked) then turn right again. Follow the Midland for about 1 1/2 miles, where the trail veers off in many directions. If you go right, you run down to Johnson Village. If you go left, you hook up with many national forest jeep trails. If you go straight, you are still following the Midland, signs mark the trail from this point.
Views: The Collegiate Peaks and the Buena Vista Prison.
Food: Grab a burrito at Pancho's and a latte and some chocolate cake
at Bongo Billy's.