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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

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North Clear Creek

Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)

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General Description

Four fishing access points to North Clear Creek are provided by means of primitive dirt roads, marked with white arrows, that lead off Forest Road 513 (Continental Reservoir/Rito Honda Reservoir Road). Sites are located 27.4 miles, 29.3 miles, 31.2 miles, and 31.6 miles west of Creede leading off Forest Road #513.

1 developed, paved parking lot is located adjacent to Colorado Highway 149, at the intersection of Highway 149 and FR 513. No motorized vehicle travel is allowed off marked routes, the area lies within a restricted vehicle travel zone. Direct access to a suitable parking site within 300 feet of the roadway is authorized, but such travel must not damage the land or stream.

No developed facilities are available except for primitive access roads marked with white arrows. There are no toilets, firewood, garbage receptacles or drinking water.

Directions from Creede: Travel west on Colorado Highway 149 for 27.3 miles, to the intersection of Colorado Highway 149 and Forest Road #513 (Rito Hondo/Continental Reservoir Road), then 0.1 mile, 2.0 miles, 3.9 miles, and 4.3 miles northwest on Road #513.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Undeveloped
ICON Cold Water Fishing North Clear Creek
ICON Rivers & Streams North Clear Creek

Related Activities
Bristol View Campground - Campground is located 22.6 miles west of Creede on Forest Road #510. 16 Campgrounds with fishing and trail access.

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.

Miners Creek Trail - Scenery and solitude are available along this trail. Excellent views of white chalk like cliffs are present at the head of Miners Creek.

North Clear Creek Road 510 Scenic Drive - This scenic mountain drive is on a gravel road which provides access to South Clear Creek Campground, North Clear Creek Campground and North Clear Creek Falls Overlook.

North Long Ridge Primitive Road - This is a short, 3.8 mile easy jeep road, which primarily provides fishing access to Clear Creek via two short spur roads located along it.

Road Canyon Campground - This campground usually has vacancy when other upriver campgrounds are full. The area is open, with no screening or trees, and it is not screened from Rio Grande Reservoir Road.

Sawmill Gulch Trail (Divide Ranger District) - The main attraction of this trail is the access to Crystal Lake. Good camping areas are generally not available until reaching the McKenzie Park area approximately 3.3 miles from the Miners Creek Road.

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.

Texas Creek Trail - The Texas Creek Trail is lightly used and provides access to the popular Ruby Lake area and Trout Lake. From Big Ruby Lake either this trail or Red Lakes Trail (#889) will provide access to Red Lakes and Trout Lake.

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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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