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Quick Facts

Sawmill Gulch Trail (Conejos Peak Ranger District)

Beginning Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 850 Feet (265.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,750 Feet (3351.0 Meters) Ends at Hot Creek Stock Driveway #708.
Length, One-way: 2.0 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 759
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Platoro

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General Description

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The Sawmill Gulch Trail leaves the Conejos River Road #250 across from the Skyline Lodge in the community of Platoro. The trail follows Sawmill Gulch Creek to the Hot Creek Stock Driveway. The visitors will pass through open meadows as well as stands of aspen and spruce.

A pleasant day hike which offers spectacular views along the way. An excellent area for picnics and mountain scenery exists at the trail's end.

Directions from Antonito, Colorado: Go west on Highway 17, 23.0 miles to the Conejos River Road #250. Turn north on 250, 23.0 miles to the community of Platoro and the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Sawmill Gulch Trail (Conejos Peak Ranger District)
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback excursions from Platoro offered daily

Nearby Services

Lodging, food, gas, laundry facilities in Platoro:

Related Activities
Conejos River - The Conejos River provides more than 30 stream miles of high quality wild trout fishing. The Conejos River has more public fishing access along its length than any other major river in Colorado.

Crystal Lake Road 532a - This is a short (2.5 miles) scenic primitive road that leads to Crystal Lake. This five-acre lake usually provides fair to good catches of rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

Mix Lake Campground - Mix Lake Campground is located one mile west of Platoro in the Conejos River drainage. Many bodies of water provide fishing and there is access to the South San Juan Wilderness nearby.

Platoro Reservoir - Platoro Reservoir lies a short distance west of the tourist-mining village Platoro. The lake is 990 acres, the highest man-made lake in North America.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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Visitor Information:

Conejos Peak Ranger Station, 15571 County Road T-5, P.O. Box 420 , La Jara, CO, 81140, Phone: 719-274-8971, TTY: 719-274-3139


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