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Backpacking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Conejos Peak Ranger District

Quick Facts

Canon Verde Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) Ends just above Green Lake
Length, One-way: 4.0 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 726
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Chama Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

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The ruggedness of Canon Verde, part of the South San Juan Wilderness, may discourage some from taking this path, but the splendor of the canyon is well worth the effort. As the creek cascades through the steep, narrow canyon, waterfalls and deep pools are formed. The slopes are forested with spruce, fir and aspen. An occasional subalpine meadow breaks the forest's continuity and vertical cliffs of volcanic rock provide an impressive backdrop.

The terrain flattens out as one approaches Green Lake, which sits in a bowl just below the Continental Divide. Lush subalpine forest and meadow border the lake while treeless cliffs rise to the Divide on the west.

Water and camping site are available along the entire route; water should be treated before consumption. The spectacular scenery and high quality fishing of Green Lake make this area very popular.

From Green Lake, the trail climbs out of the canyon until it intersects with the Continental Divide Trail #813.

Directions from Conejos River: Follow the South Fork Conejos Trail #724 west from the Conejos River approximately 5 miles. At the confluence of Canon Verde with the South Fork, the Canon Verde Trail leaves the South Fork and continues southwest through Canon Verde.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Typical spring conditions indicate you should expect snow above 10,000 feet. Updated: 2000-05-09 10:41:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Available along the entire route
ICON Cold Water Fishing Green Lake is excellent
ICON Hiking & Walking Canon Verde Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Somewhat rugged
ICON Viewing Scenery Spectacular scenery

Related Activities
Continental Divide - Cumbres Pass to Blue Lake Tra - This is a short segment of the entire Continental Divide Trail but the terrain differs considerably from that of most of the divide.

South Fork Conejos River Trail - The South Fork Trail is a well traveled and easily followed trail providing access to the spectacular South Fork Conejos Canyon.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

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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