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Mavreeso Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,070 Feet (2515.6 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 930 Feet (289.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters) Forest Service Road 209
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 204
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Nipple Mountain

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General Description

This trail is named for the friendly Ute war chief Ma-ver-e-so who camped many summers on the head of the canyon. Mavreeso trail is used by hikers, horseback and trail bikers, as well as hunters to access the popular Nipple Mountain area. Initially you pass through an aspen forest. Drawing closer to the grassy meadows brings you into oakbrush territory.

Directions from Dolores, Colorado: Take Highway 145 north approximately 14.0 miles to Forest Road 535 (Dunton Road). Take 535 north 5.0 miles to Forest Road 532 (Cottonwood Road). Proceed on 532 about 3.0 miles. The trailhead is posted on the east (right) side just before Cottonwood Spring.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter conditions Updated: 2004-04-23 14:05:00.0

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Filed By: Correen Becher (Dolores, CO)
Time of Day: Morning
Length of Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We parked at the gate of FS road 209 and walked up the road a little ways until we found the sign that marked the trail head. The trail was easy to follow and went through the aspens. After about a mile we came upon the road again. We followed the road, never finding another trail until we came to another gate. The trail went down into a meadow, but it may have been just a cow trail. We chose to stay on the road on the way back down, which may have been a little shorter than picking the trail back up.
Conditions: The trail/road was easy hiking. We encountered cows on the upper part. The wildflowers and views of Lone Cone and Nipple Mountain were terrific.
Water Availability: There was no water along the trail other than a stock pond early on in the hike. Two quarts of water was plenty.
Recommended Clothing: Most of us wore shorts and T-shirts. Take insect repellent as there were mosquitoes and biting flies. Walking on the road keeps you somewhat exposed to the sun.
Suggested Accessories: Take your camera! We encountered a bear on the Cottonwood road on the drive up.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Mavreeso Trail
ICON Horseback Riding
ICON Motorcycle Riding

Related Activities
Mavreeso Campground - Mavreeso Campground has 14 sites which are mostly level and close to the river. One site has a table that accommodates wheelchairs.

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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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