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Quick Facts

Eagle/Thomasville Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,140 Feet (2537.4 Meters) Thomasville
Difficulty: Easy When Dry impassable when wet
Elevation Gain: 1,855 Feet (578.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,605 Feet (2058.9 Meters) Eagle
High Point: 9,995 Feet (3115.6 Meters) Crooked Creek Pass
Length: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers) to Crooked Creek Pass
Length: 32 Miles (53.33 Kilometers) to Eagle
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

View from the Eagle-Thomasville Road over Lime Park to the Sawatch Range
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
View from the Eagle-Thomasville Road over Lime Park to the Sawatch Range
This road is not a four wheel drive road, but is very dangerous and slippery when wet. Do not drive on it if rain is in the forecast or it has recently rained!

It is a beautiful drive through aspen forests and some meadows with wildflowers. People use this road to access the National Forest land between Eagle and Ruedi Reservoir. Many excellent hiking trails and fishing streams are located in this region.

Crooked Creek Reservoir was recently acquired by the National Forest and is open for fishing and public use. From Crooked Creek Pass you can continue on to Sylvan Lake State Recreation Area and the town of Eagle. Users can also access the Eagle Lake Trail, Burnt Mountain Road and Lime Park. From Burnt Mountain road you can access Tellurium Lake and Last Chance Gulch Trails.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Highway 82 and turn left at the stoplight at Basalt. Follow the Fryingpan River Road out of Basalt and towards Reudi Reservoir for 20 miles. Turn left on to road #400 just past Thomasville.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow closes the road during the Spring, Fall and Winter months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Eagle/Thomasville Road
ICON Automobile Travel Eagle/Thomasville Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Crooked Creek Reservoir, Sylvan Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Last Chance Trail, Tellurium Lake Trail, Mt. Thomas Trail, Eagle Lakes
ICON Horseback Riding Eagle/Thomasville Road, Last Chance Tellurium, Mt. Thomas, Eagle Lake.
ICON Mountain Biking Eagle/Thomasville Road
ICON ATV Riding Eagle/Thomasville Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Eagle/Thomasville Road
ICON Snowmobiling Eagle/Thomasville Road
ICON Snowshoeing Eagle/Thomasville Road
ICON Viewing Scenery This road passes through some beautiful scenery.

Related Activities
Dearhammer Campground - Dearhamer is 32 miles east of Carbondale. It is located on the Fryingpan River and east of Ruedi Reservoir. This site has 12 campsites.

Eagle Lake Trail - The Eagle Lake Trail travels through aspen stands which will take you along the edge of Woods Lake Resort (private).

Elk Wallow Campground - Elk Wallow is located 40 miles east of Carbondale, adjacent to the North Fork of the Fryingpan River. This campground is most suited for guests looking for a quiet, relatively primitive setting.

Last Chance Trail - Last Chance Trail located about 27 miles from Basalt, Colorado. The trail crosses Last Chance Creek near the beginning and then is an easy walk through meadows most of the way. It ends at the junction with Tellurium Lake trail.

Mt. Thomas Trail - The views of the Fryingpan and Eagle Valley are fantastic. This trail makes an excellent loop trail connecting with Reudi Trail #1912. It is a very challenging and long trip.

Sylvan Lake - Sylvan Lake, a 40 acre lake at 8,510 feet, offers non motorized boating opportunities, good fishing for brook and rainbow trout, and panoramic views of the surrounding alpine scenery.

Sylvan Lake Campground - This state-operated campground on the edge of scenic Sylvan Lake, sits at an elevation of 8,558 feet, and offers 50 campsites.

Tellurium Lake Trail - This trail is an easy trail to hike with lots of meadows with flowers.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012


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