Doc Holliday Trail Trailhead: 12th Street and Bennett Avenue (downtown Glenwood Springs)

Activities: Hiking

Closest Towns: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Driving Directions to Trailhead: 

  • Head south (towards Aspen) from the Grand Avenue Bridge at the Colorado River.
  • Take a left on 11th
  • Go three blocks until you reach Bennett Avenue.
  • Take a right on Bennett to 12th Street, and park in the neighborhood along the street. You’ll see obvious signs and the well-worn path from there.

Hiking Distance: ~ 1 mile (roundtrip)

Description:  Although relatively short, the Doc Holliday Trail through the Linwood Cemetery is a perfect way to spend an hour or two. The best part is that the cemetery is right on the edge of town and within walking distance from most hotels, including the Hotel Denver where we stayed. The trail, while short, is all uphill to the cemetery on a dirt path.

Doc Holliday Trail | Doc Holliday's Grave Marker

Doc Holliday Trail | Doc Holliday’s Grave Marker

The trailhead on 12th and Bennett is well signed. Enter the small path and immediately begin climbing through scrub oak. About .1 mile into the hike, amazing views of Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley begin to open up. There are numerous benches and resting points if you need to catch your breath or enjoy the scenery.

It’s about .4 miles to the Linwood Cemetery. Once you reach the top, take a right (east) to visit Kid Curry’s tombstone in Potters’ Field. Head left (west) to discover Doc Holliday’s marker.

Worth Noting:  Seeing Doc Holliday’s grave marker and Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan’s grave in the Linwood Cemetery are an absolute must if you’re visiting Glenwood Springs.  The cemetery is steeped in history and adventure!

John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, dentist, and friend of Wyatt Earp. He is most well known for his role as a temporary deputy marshal in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Harvey Alexander Logan (1867 – June 17, 1904), also known as Kid Curry, was an American outlaw and gunman who rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s infamous Wild Bunch gang. Despite being less well known than his counterparts, he has since been referred to as the craziest of the Wild Bunch. He reputedly killed at least nine law enforcement officers in five different shootings, and another two men in other instances, and was involved in several shootouts with police and civilians during his outlaw days.

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Janis April 28, 2017 8:22 pm
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Loved the historic elements! Well interpreted trail.

NJ Josh November 20, 2016 1:21 am
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Fun, steep, and historic. The family really enjoyed the hike, but we weren’t quite prepared for how steep the trail was. Nonetheless, the hike and experience was well worth it!