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Elwood Creek Cascades





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General Description

The road leading to Elwood Pass is only for 4-wheeling. To view the dashing cascades of Elwood Creek, drive up the East Fork Road as described for Silver Falls. Approximately one mile past the falls the Elwood Pass Road branches to the left where the main road turns to the right. From this junction up, the route is along a primitive road. There are many steep grades and bottomless mud holes.

Near the confluence of Elwood Creek and the East Fork of the San Juan River, you must ford the San Juan. During high water, this is a most difficult task, if not impossible. Once across the river, the road climbs steeply out of the canyon bottom. From high on the mountain slope, You can view the Elwood Cascades. This trip is suggested for late summer or fall to avoid high water and to enjoy the fall colors. This trip is best when the aspen leaves are turning to shimmering gold.

DRIVE WITH CAUTION. THIS DRIVE IS RECOMMENDED FOR ONLY EXPERIENCED 4-WHEELERS. THE ROAD IS DIFFICULT EVEN WHEN DRY.

Directions from Pagosa Springs, Colorado: To view the dashing cascades of Elwood Creek, drive up the East Fork Road as described for Silver Falls. Approximately one mile past the falls the Elwood Pass Road branches to the left where the main road turns to the right. From this junction up, the route is along a primitive road. There are many steep grades and bottomless mud holes.

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



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San Juan Mountains Association , Durango, CO, 81302, Phone: 970-385-1210, Fax: 970-385-1224

SJNF Supervisor's Office, 15 Burnett Court , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 970-247-4874, Fax: 970-385-1243, TTY: 970-385-1257

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