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Quick Facts

Willow Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,400 Feet (436.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Length: 13 Miles (21.67 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: South Fork East, Del Norte Peak, Summitville

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General Description

From Willow Creek, you can go west down the Beaver Creek Road to South Fork, or east to Crystal Lakes and down the Pinos Creek Road. There is a good chance of seeing deer or elk along this route, especially during the early morning or late afternoon. There is good fishing in Willow Creek along the first 4 miles of road, and ample camping spots along the entire route. The first 7 1/2 miles is passable with a high clearance two wheel drive vehicle, but the last 5 1/2 miles should be in a 4 wheel drive.

Directions from Del Norte: Go west on U.S. Highway 160 for 13 1/2 miles to the Del Norte Peak Road #345. Go south on Road 345 for 3 miles until you come to the junction of roads 345 and 350, take road 350. On Road 350, it is 4 miles to Willow Park and 7 1/2 miles to the Cross Creek Road #359. Take Road 359 to the south 5 1/2 miles to Forest Road #332.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Early June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Ample spots along the entire route
ICON Cold Water Fishing Willow Creek
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Willow Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Viewing Wildlife Deer and elk

Related Activities
Bachelor Historic Loop Tour Interpretive Site - This tour is a self-guided interpretive vehicle loop 16 1/2 miles long that will take you through a portion of the historic Creede mining district.

Nelson Mountain Primitive Road - The last half of the road traverses a beautiful subalpine park at timberline.Other than being a scenic, high mountain jeep road, the route offers no other extraordinary or distinctive attractions.

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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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