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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Mancos-Dolores Ranger District

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Big Al Trail

Average Time: 0.5 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 40 Feet (12.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,940 Feet (2786.8 Meters)
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Length, One-way: 0.6 Miles (1 Kilometer)
Recommended Season: June-October
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Rampart Hills

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General Description

The trail passes through ponderosa pine, oak and aspen stands to a viewing platform overlooking the West Mancos Canyon. Horses, mountain bikes and motorized vehicles are not allowed. The easily graded gravel trail is handicapped accessible and offers spectacular views of the La Plata Mountains. Benches are provided along the way.

Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel north on Colorado Highway 184 for 0.2 mile and turn east onto the West Mancos Road (Forest Road 561). Go 10.0 miles to the Transfer Campground. The trailhead, which is shared with the West Mancos Trail, is on your right, directly across from the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Spring through Late Fall (NOTE: Trailhead is located across road from Tranfer Campground entrance. Trail is packed to accomodate wheelchairs.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter conditions. Access is via Forest Rd 561, north of Mancos, follow the signs to Transfer campground. Trailhead is across the road from the campground entrance. This easily graded, surfaced walking trail was designed to accomodate wheelchair access. It passes through ponderosa pine, oak and aspen stands to a viewing platform overlooking the W. Mancos Canyon with a spectacular view of the La Plata Mountains. Trail length is approximately .7 mile in length, benches are provide along the way. Kid and senior citizen friendly, and don't forget the camera! Updated: 2004-04-23 13:59:00.0

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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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