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Quick Facts

Dry Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 900 Feet (280.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,900 Feet (3709.5 Meters)
Length, One-way: 12.5 Miles (20.83 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 700
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Summitville, Jasper, Greenie Mountain
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use

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General Description

This trail, called Old Dry Creek Stock Driveway, is still used to drive livestock to the high country. Most stockmen prefer to use the other access points that are more newly developed. Now this trail is used for many recreational activities. The trail starts in the low country and climbs steadily towards Bennett Mountain (13,203 feet in elevation). The views are incredible and other trails and roads connect, which give enthusiasts many opportunities to make a loop trip.

Directions from Monte Vista: Drive south for 2 miles on Highway 15 from Monte Vista. Turn right onto County Road 2 south. The old dirt road heads west at this intersection. Continue for another 3.5 miles, turn right at the fork and go another 3 miles. At the intersection along Dry Creek, take a right and drive 4 miles to the end of the 4WD road where the trail starts.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
dry, open to 11,000 feet then snowed in Updated: 2000-05-09 10:38:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Dry Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Climbs steadily towards Bennett Mountain
ICON Mountain Biking Climbs steadily towards Bennett Mountain
ICON ATV Riding Motorized from Blowout Pass to Grayback Mountain
ICON Motorcycle Riding Motorized from Blowout Pass to Grayback Mountain
ICON Viewing Scenery Incredible views

Related Activities
North Rock Creek Trail - This trail is lightly used during most of the season. Suitable camping areas can be found along the trail. Beautiful views may be enjoyed at the top.

South Fork Rock Creek Trail - South Rock Creek Trail is lightly used and offers spectacular views from the top. Wildflowers, when in bloom, are prolific. The trail is rated as easy, with an occasional moderately difficult stretch.

West Frisco Trail - West Frisco Trail goes all the way to Bennett Mountain, which is 13,203 in elevation. Spectacular views and a diversity of scenery abound on this trail.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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