This is a dead-end jeep road approximately 3.8 miles long. The road begins up West Willow Creek Road # 503 approximately 4.5 miles north of Creede. The Nelson Mountain Primitive Road turns right (north) off West Willow Creek Road # 503, 0.4 mile below the West Willow Creek Road # 503 and Bachelor Mountain Road # 504 junction at the beaver ponds.
After leaving West Willow Creek Road # 503, the Nelson Mountain Primitive Road climbs a short steep pitch and turns right, then left over a short, flat open stretch to a road junction marked by a large brown sign. The sign reads, "Beyond This Point, Motorized Travel Is Prohibited Except On Routes Marked With This Symbol." Take the marked road (white arrow) to the right of this sign and proceed up the mountain.
The road then climbs steeply (1,240 feet) for approximately 1.8 miles, crossing Deerhorn Creek and passing by some old mine structures and a cabin (the Beaver Claim). The upper part of this section of road passes just west of and slightly below Nelson Mountain (12,038 feet). This section is steep, rocky, and rough.
From here, the road continues for approximately another 1.8 miles north/northwest towards Whited Creek and then dead-ends. This section of road is relatively level, dropping only 300 feet to the end. This 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. The round trip takes approximately one hour.
Directions from Creede, Colorado: Go to the Mineral County Courthouse located at the north end of town on Creede Avenue. Travel north approximately 4.6 miles on the West Willow Creek Road #503. Turn right (north) off West Willow Creek Road #503, approximately 0.4 mile below the road junction with the Bachelor Mountain Road #502.
Mid-Late June through October .