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Backpacking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

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Ute Creek Trailhead

Elevation: 9,500 Feet (2961.3 Meters)

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General Description

The trailhead is located 37.7 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Development Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road). The trailhead bulletin board provides a district map as well as Weminuche Wilderness maps and information and trail registration forms. A vault toilet is available and there is ample parking, including a horse unloading ramp. No refuse receptacles are present nor is any firewood available. There is willow brush present but no trees. It is adjacent to the Rio Grande River and Sky Hi Ranch.

There are numerous tempting attractions. Trails include: access to the Continental Divide, Lost Trail Creek Trail 821 to Carson City Mining area, West Lost Trail Creek Trail 821 and Ute Creek Trail 819 to the Weminuche Wilderness. Ute Creek Trail requires crossing the Rio Grande, which may be difficult because of high water in the spring and early summer. Do NOT use the private footbridge on the Sky Hi Ranch for any purpose. The 4 WD roads are Stony Pass (Forest Road 520) and Beartown/Kite Lake (Forest Road 506). Lost Trail Creek, Ute Creek and one mile from the upper end of Rio Grande Reservoir are all accessible fishing sites. The Rio Grande River is nearby as well. There is also undeveloped camping and picnicking.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel southwest on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles, to Forest Road #520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road). Then go 17.6 miles west on Road #520.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Ute Creek Trailhead
ICON Camping Undeveloped
ICON Cold Water Fishing Head of Rio Grande Reservoir, Rio Grande River, Ute Creek, Lost Trail Creek
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Stony Pass (FR 520) and Beartown/Kite Lake (FR 506)
ICON Hiking & Walking Weminuche Wilderness/Continental Divide; Lost Trail Creek, West Lost Trail Creek and Ute Creek Trails
ICON Horseback Riding Horse loading ramp
ICON Picnicking Vault toilet available

Nearby Services

Guest Ranch: Sky Hi Ranch Directions: Adjacent to Trailhead

Related Activities
Lost Trail Creek - Excellent views and good fishing are both possible along this trail. Evidence of recent and historic mining activity is visible near Carson Pass on the Continental Divide.

Reservoir (rio Grande) Picnic Ground - This site overlooks Rio Grande Reservoir and has 4 picnic units, each with tables and fireplaces.

Rio Grande Reservoir - This is a scenic high mountain reservoir with access to wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. There are five campgrounds, picnic areas, many trails leading from the area and a jeep road with a historical site.

Ute Creek Trail - This trail is the major access route into the vast Ute Basin Area. Four major fishable lakes sit in the beautiful basin. The Ute Trail is a popular route with Weminuche Wilderness visitors.

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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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