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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lottis Creek

Beginning Elevation: 12,000 Feet (3740.6 Meters) approximately
Ending Elevation: 9,100 Meters confluence with Taylor River
Length: 10 Miles (16.67 Kilometers) approximately




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General Description

The headwaters of Lottis Creek originate in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness Area at an elevation of 12,000 feet. These waters may be accessed by foot and hoof only, due to the region's wilderness designation. A four-wheel drive road, 752, leads from Taylor Canyon Road to the wilderness boundary.

From the Lottis Creek Campground, travel one and a half miles upstream where South Lottis Creek joins Lottis Creek. At this confluence rainbow, brook and brown trout are present. You can also travel further through Union Canyon to Union Park where brooks and browns are predominant. Beaver ponds and willow are present in Union Park. Eight miles of good fishing are available from the Lottis Creek headwaters to it's junction with the Taylor River. Beyond the campground, access by car is possible for one mile before the road ends and trail begins.

Directions from Almont: Travel Taylor Canyon Road, #742, for 17.5 miles to Lottis Creek Campground, where access upstream and downstream is available. The Willow Creek Road also provides four-wheel drive access from Taylor Park to Union Park. Two trails also provide access from the south: Gold Creek Trail and South Lottis Trails.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backcountry Traveling Fossil Ridge Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lottis Creek
Yes
ICON Rivers & Streams Lottis Creek
Yes



Related Activities
Gold Creek Trail #427 - Gold Creek Trail connects Union Park Road and Gold Creek Campground. It leads through the eastern side of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness area.

Lottis Creek Campground - Lottis Creek Campground appeals primarily to anglers, hikers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts. The Taylor River basin provides access to challenging terrain for all ability levels.

Lottis Creek Trailhead - South Lottis Trailhead provides access to the Fossil Ridge Wilderness area.



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Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471

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