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Quick Facts

Kerr Lake Road

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 10,541 Feet (3285.8 Meters) Summit of Stunner Pass on Alamosa River Road 250
Elevation Gain: 859 Feet (267.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3553.6 Meters) Kerr Lake
Length: 3.6 Miles (6.0 Kilometers)
Road Number: 257
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Platoro, Summitville

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

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The Kerr Lake Road heads north from the summit of Stunner Pass. The road follows the side of a ridge, passing through stands of spruce/fir. After reaching the top of the ridge, the road turns east and comes into an alpine meadow. From this point, Telluride Mountain can be seen to the northeast. At about the 2 mile mark, Lily Pond is just north of the road. The road continues to the east, briefly passing between alpine meadows and conifer stands. There is excellent fishing (with restrictions) at Kerr Lake with good campsites available. The Kerr Lake Road offers a spectacular vista of the Alamosa River Canyon and Continental Divide.

Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: Proceed south on the Gunbarrel Road, State Road 15, for 12 miles. Turn west onto the Alamosa River Road, and proceed approximately 29 miles to the junction of Kerr Lake Road # 257.

Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: proceed west on Forest Development Road # 250, approximately 2.6 miles to the junction of the Kerr Lake Road # 257.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It's hard to pick the track to Kerr Lake from Lily Pond -- you have to head in towards Lily Pond and immediately swing right, at which point the road standard drops and it turns into a jeep trail. Bushducks

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Kerr Lake; Stunner and Mix Lake Campgrounds nearby
ICON Cold Water Fishing Kerr Lake; excellent fishing
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Kerr Lake Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Kerr Lake is beautiful

Related Activities
Cliff Lake - This as a picturesque lake with scenic views but it is subject to winterkill in extreme years.

Conejos River Road - FR 250 Scenic Drive - Forest Road 250 is a graded dirt road that follows the Conejos River from Highway 17 to Platoro, crosses Stunner Pass, and then descends to the San Luis Valley along the Alamosa River.

Kerr Lake - The road is rough and steep in places and shouldn't be attempted without a 4 WD. 85% of the lake shore is rated is rated easy to fish.

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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