Access: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

Quick Facts

Mears Junction Trailhead

Elevation: 8,540 Feet (2662.1 Meters)

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General Description

Mears Junction is located south of Poncha Springs. This trailhead creates an access point to the Rainbow Trail. It is named for the famous pathfinder Otto Mears. Mears lived and trekked in the San Luis and Uncompahgre Valleys. Around the middle of the 19th century Mears built roads to aid settlement in the southern part of Colorado territory.

Directions from Poncha Springs: Drive south on Highway 285 for 5.5 miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Mears Junction Trailhead - Rainbow Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Mears Junction Trailhead - Rainbow Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Mears Junction Trailhead - Rainbow Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Mears Junction Trailhead - Rainbow Trail
ICON Trailhead Parking Mears Junction Trailhead

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Visitor Information:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Ste. 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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