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

Quick Facts

Spring Creek Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,160 Feet (2855.4 Meters) Alamosa Canyon Road 250
Difficulty: Moderate
Ending Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters) District Boundary at Blowout Pass
Length: 4.3 Miles (7.17 Kilometers)
Road Number: 280
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Jasper

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This fairly well-traveled road begins .5 miles west of the historic mining town of Jasper. The road was once used by miners who led burro trains over the pass down Burro Creek, to Los Pinos Creek and Del Norte.

A loop can be made starting from Alamosa going up the Alamosa Canyon, over Blowout Pass and returning to Alamosa by way of Del Norte.

Spring Creek Road is a steep narrow road with little clearance for vehicles.

The road begins by making a very gradual climb through stands of aspen. At approximately 3/4 mile, the road begins climbing a steep grade and is soon traversing narrow rocky slopes.

Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: Take the Gunbarrel, State Road 15, 12 miles to the Alamosa Canyon Road #250. Proceed 22.5 miles west to Spring Creek Road.

Directions from Del Norte, Colorado: Take the Pinos Road #330, 18 miles to Forest Development Road # 329. Proceed east approximately 12 miles to the Conejos Peak District Boundary.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Spring Creek Road
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Jasper mining town

Related Activities
Silver Thread National Scenic Byway - This scenic highway passes through Creede and the Upper Rio Grande Valley and contains some of the most magnificent scenery and colorful history in the Sate of Colorado.

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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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