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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Taylor River Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,050 Feet (2509.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,150 Feet (358.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,200 Feet (2867.8 Meters)
Length: 22 Miles (36.67 Kilometers) One Way
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 132
Recommended Season: Early Fall
Road Number: 742
Usage: Heavy in Summer
USGS Maps: Almont, Crystal Creek, Matchless Mtn., Taylor Park Reservoir

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Taylor River Road leads from Almont to Taylor Park through scenic Taylor Canyon
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Taylor River Road leads from Almont to Taylor Park through scenic Taylor Canyon
The Taylor River Road is a paved, narrow, winding road through Taylor Canyon. Traffic is usually very heavy in Summer months, with large RVs and trailers on the roadway. Camping is allowed in Taylor Canyon only in the designated campgrounds, but several sights line the shores of the river.

This is a very scenic drive and one that connects with several recreation facilities. The Taylor River Road passes camping, fishing, picnicking, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, hiking and backpacking venues as it winds 20 miles northward to the reservoir dam. During the winter the road is open to Cottonwood Pass Road. The Fossil Ridge Wilderness area is open for backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The entrance to the canyon from Almont is a good place for wildlife viewing.

Directions from Gunnison: Drive nine miles North on Highway 135 to Forest Road 742 in Almont.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive twenty five miles west on Cottonwood Pass Road and then five miles south on Taylor River Road.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Taylor River Road
ICON Camping Rivers End Campground, Lakeview Campground, Lottis Creek Campground, Cold Spring Campground, Lodgepole Campground, North Bank Campground, Onemile Campground
ICON Backcountry Traveling Fossil Ridge Wilderness Area
ICON Automobile Travel Taylor River Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Taylor River
ICON Hiking & Walking Summerville Trailhead, Lottis Creek Trailhead
ICON Horseback Riding Summerville Trailhead, Lottis Creek Trailhead
ICON Animal Identification Taylor River Road
ICON Bird Identification Taylor River Road
ICON Plant Identification Taylor River Road
ICON Lodging Taylor Park
ICON Kayaking Taylor River
ICON Rafting Taylor River
ICON Rivers & Streams Taylor River, Spring Creek
ICON Road Biking Taylor River Road
ICON Rock Climbing Taylor Canyon
ICON Scenic Driving Taylor River Road
ICON Backcountry Skiing Fossil Ridge Wilderness Area
ICON Viewing Scenery Taylor River Road

Related Activities
Cold Springs Campground - Cold Spring Campground lies within the Taylor Canyon, which supports access to hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking and rafting.

Doctor Park Trailhead - The Doctor Park Trailhead lies in the same area as the North Bank Campground. It is used mainly by mountain bikers.

Lake View Campground - Visitors using Lake View Campground come to the area primarily for recreation in and around Taylor Park Reservoir. Boating, fishing, off-road vehicle use and hiking, top the list of activities.

Lodgepole Campground - This site is great for anglers, rafters and kayakers, because it is located on the shores of the Upper Taylor section of the Gunnison River.

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.

North Bank Campground - North Bank Campground appeals primarily to anglers, because it lies on the lower Taylor River. Other recreation opportunities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving and four-wheel driving.

One Mile Campground - This site lies at the south end of Taylor Canyon and provides access to a variety of activities including rock climbing and kayaking.

Spring Creek Road #744 - This road accesses Spring Creek. It starts at the Spring Creek Reservoir.

Summerville Trail - This trail begins in Taylor Canyon, one mile below Lodgepole Campground. After entering the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, the trail climbs out of Summerville Creek connecting with the Fossil Ridge Trail, 431.

Summerville Trailhead - Summerville Trailhead is accessible from Taylor Canyon on the Taylor River Road. It accesses the western portion of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness and Summerville Trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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