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Camping: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Mancos-Dolores Ranger District

Quick Facts

Transfer Park/Windy Gap Bike Route

Average Time: 5-6 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet (623.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters)
Length: 22.0 Miles (36.67 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: (San Juan National Forest map)

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General Description

Spectacular views are provided near the campground entrance, so bring your camera. The mountain biking route begins just past the entrance in a beautiful aspen forest stand and follows Forest Road 565 in an east/northeast direction. The aspens gradually fade and the forest is dominated by stands of spruce and fir as the route climbs 2000 feet over the first eight miles. At mile 9.5 is Windy Gap and the route begins a north/northwest direction as it parallels the Bear Creek drainage. Except for a few short uphill climbs, the route drops in elevation for the remainder of the route.

A short distance past the 15 mile mark, the route turns left onto Forest Road 561 and proceeds in a southwest direction. Near mile 18, the Jersey Jim fire lookout tower can be seen. This tower is no longer in use, but in its time it served an important role in spotting forest fires. Just past mile 20 is the Aspen Guard Station, a log cabin which serves as summer housing for US Forest Service field crews carrying out forest management projects. Past the guard station continue straight ahead at the intersection and return to the starting point at Transfer Campground.

Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel 0.25 mile north on Colorado Hwy 184 and turn right onto County Road 42, which becomes the West Mancos Road (Forest Road 561). Proceed 10.0 miles to Transfer Campground and park near the entrance, but not in the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Check with Ranger District for current conditions. (970) 882-7296 Updated: 2001-06-19 15:10:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Road Biking Transfer Park/Windy Gap Bike Route

Related Activities
Transfer Park Campground - Transfer Park Campground, at 8,600 feet, is a mile up the road from Florida Campground. The campground is 11 acres and offers cool settings under mixed conifers and small aspens.

Transfer Park Recreation Area - The Transfer Recreation Area includes a campground and picnic area.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Hwy 184 , Dolores, CO, 81323, Phone: 970-882-7296, Fax: 970-882-6841, TTY: 970-882-6842


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