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Big Marvine Peak - Rio Blanco County
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Description: Maybe the only place in Rio Blanco County to see a White-tailed Ptarmigan, Big Marvine Peak will require a rather long hike or a horse-back ride to get there. The scenery is gorgeous and you'll see some of the alpine tundra that gave the Flattops their name.

Habitat: Alpine Tundra, Krummholz, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: East of Meeker 29 miles on county road 8, take county road 12 to the Marvine Campground. Hike or ride the East Marvine trail #1822 for approx. 8 miles, you will have climbed from 8081 feet elevation at the trailhead to 11,000 feet, nearly half of that in the last mile, you'll now take a side trail, #1822.2A, a two mile detour which will go to the summit of Big Marvine Peak, elevation 11,879 feet.
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