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Adams Fork Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is well suited for day hiking or overnight use. It is relatively easy and provides access to the South San Juan Wilderness.
Alder Bench Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is an old livestock trail, now open to hikers and horses. In the fall, hunters seek elk and deer on this trail.
Archuleta Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Archuleta Trail gives access to the western portion of Chama Basin, one of the most scenic and wild places on the Conejos Peak Ranger District. The trail follows Archuleta Creek, climbing steadily but gradually from the Chama River valley.
Bear Creek Trail (Divide Ranger District) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is popular with hunters, motorcycles and ATVs, but check current road conditions. It also makes a nice loop trip.
Bear Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The first mile is quite steep and numerous switchbacks. At about 10,500 feet, the trail becomes less steep and vistas of the Saddle Creek Valley and the mountains beyond can be seen.
Beartown Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This scenic, remote and primitive road that is a fairly popular side trip off the Stony Pass Road (Forest Road 520) between Creede and Silverton.
Big Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
There is little outstanding scenery along the trail, but it is a pleasant experience, with many wildflowers during the summer. The trail is recommended for the more experienced hiker.
Black Canyon Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail ascends Black Canyon to reach alpine terrain then stays in the high country all the way to Hayden pass. Scenery is excellent from Nipple Mountain north.
Blue Lake Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Located in the South San Juan Wilderness, access is by foot or horse travel only. This scenic lake is heavily used. Brown and brook trout can be caught here.
Canon Rincon Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Canon Rincon is a steep, ridged canyon that drains a spectacular glacial cirque below Conejos Peak. Twin Lakes sit in the cirque, surrounded by subalpine meadows, and can be reached by this trail.
Canon Verde Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Although the ruggedness of Canon Verde may discourage some from taking this path, the splendor of the canyon is well worth the effort.
Cathedral Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The lower portion of the trail from the campground to Cathedral Rocks is the easiest to negotiate. From Cathedral Rocks, the trail climbs steeper and becomes rocky until it tops out near Groundhog Park.
Chama River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail follows the Chama River to the confluence of the West and East Forks, where a splendid view of upper Chama Basin is afforded. The terrain is gentle and scenic, offering an easy day hike.
Continental Divide - Blue Lake to Elwood Pass Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Visitors will be rewarded with spectacular vistas in all directions. Due to the exposed nature of most of this trail, extremely close watch should be kept on weather conditions.
Continental Divide - Carson Saddle to Stony Pass (Rio Grande Reservoir) Tra Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent views and good fishing and campsites can be found along this entire trail segment.
Continental Divide - Elwood Pass to Sawtooth Mountain Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Most of this trail is at or above timberline. The trail is in good condition and not terribly steep. Portions of this trail were relocated and reconstructed in 1989.
Continental Divide - Hunchback Pass to Stony Pass Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Wide open, grassy, rolling hills and plateau like country is traversed. Numerous small "potholes" dot the landscape along the trail.
Continental Divide - Knife Edge to Weminuche Pass Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Opportunities for many beautiful panoramic views exist along this segment of the Continental Divide Trail. Fishermen will find some short side trips can be made to Trout, Williams, and Squaw Lakes.
Continental Divide - San Luis Pass to Spring Creek Pass Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is another scenic stretch of the Continental Divide and Colorado Trails. It is possible to see elk and other wildlife.
Continental Divide - Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
There are scattered spruce-fir trees and willow brush until one gains the top of Jarosa Mesa, then the route traverses open alpine parks before descending just below the crest of the Continental Divide to Carson.
Cotton Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is well marked and maintained. It follows the creek through a rugged, steep canyon and diverse scenery. Teacup Lake presents an opportunity for primitive route-finding.
Crater Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a wonderful, though moderately strenuous day hike. The trail starts in a forest and climbs above timberline to the Continental Divide. Spectacular views abound here.
Cross Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is mostly used by campers and big game hunters. The end of the trail offers some beautiful views of Del Norte Peak, Willow Park and the surrounding area.
Decker Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is steep and has not been maintained for some years and is therefore not recommended for beginners.
Dry Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail starts in the low country and climbs steadily towards Bennett Mountain. The views are incredible and other trails and roads connect, which give enthusiasts many opportunities to make a loop trip.
Duck Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Duck Lake Trail is a fairly gentle walk that offers scenic vistas of the Conejos Valley and gives access to several fishing lakes.
East Bellows Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail provides good hiking access to Wheeler Geologic Area, Halfmoon Pass, and the La Garita Wilderness. Beautiful views and unique geologic features are the main attractions of this trail.
East Willow Creek Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This 5.1 mile road begins up West Willow Creek Road and much of the land along the road is private property, but you will see the old Creede townsite.
El Rito Azul Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The El Rito Azul Trail #718 begins in Three Forks Park and follows El Rito Azul to Blue Lake. The visitor passes through stands of spruce-fire alternating with open meadows. Magnificent views await the visitor at trails end.
El Rito Azul, North Fork Conejos, Middle Fork Conejos Rivers Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
All three drainages begin below the Continental Divide and converge in Three Forks Park to form the Conejos River. The creeks lie in the South San Juan Wilderness.
Elk Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Elk Creek Trail is popular with hikers, fishermen, and horseback riders and it provides an ideal day hike for those camping at Elk Creek or Old La Manga campgrounds.
Farmers Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Only a few decent camping places exist along the lower portion of the trail. Good scenery and access to Wheeler Geologic Area, La Garita Wilderness and the vastness of Wason Park.
Fern Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Fern Creek Trail is primarily used for access to the popular Ruby Lake Area. Beyond the Ruby Lake Area toward Little Squaw Creek and Big Squaw Creek is often used very lightly in the summer months.
Frisco-Fitton Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail connects two major trails, Bennett Trail (Forest Trail 872) and West Frisco Trail (Forest Road 850). This trail has steep sections and is difficult for beginners. Rocky cliffs can be seen.
Garner Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The lower half of this trail is fairly easy hiking; approaching the Divide, but it does steepen considerably toward the end. When the trail reaches the alpine zone, the trail is hard to find due to infrequent maintenance.
Goose Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail grade is gradual for most of the 11 miles that it parallels Goose Creek. Good camping areas abound along the trail.
Halfmoon Pass Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail provides access to the Wheeler Geological Area from Saguache Park and is an excellent tie-in for numerous circuit routes in the Wilderness. Attractions are big game, scenery, fishable waters along the route.
Heart Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Good views of Fingers Mesa and Pole Mountain. The trail travels through a few small open parks but primarily stays in mixed aspen and spruce/fir stands.
Hidden Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail ascends the northern slope of the Conejos Canyon where a panoramic view of the Conejos River Valley and the Elk Creek drainage can be seen.
Highland Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Some people prefer to use the Hunters Lake trail (Forest Trail 800) which goes straight toward the Stairsteps. The Stairsteps are another scenic attraction of the Weminuche Wilderness.
Hope Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail goes from timbered land along the creek to high alpine areas at the base of Sawtooth Mountain. The last 1/2 mile is above timberline and offers magnificent scenery.
Horse Thief Basin Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is brushy and infrequently maintained. It exists mainly as a connector between the North and South Brush Creek drainages and Cotton Creek.
Ivy Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Ivy Creek trail provides the shortest, quickest routs to Goose Lake from the Rio Grande Drainage. From Ivy Creek Campground, hikers should plan a very full day of exercise to get to Goose Lake.
Kitty Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is steep and susceptible to wind fall trees. In general, the trail is very scenic and maintains a steady incline along the creek.
La Garita - Phoenix Park-Halfmoon Pass Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent scenery, a bounty of wildflowers and a good opportunity to see elk exist along this trail. Large open alpine meadows with scattered patches of old growth spruce/fir timber are a common part of the landscape.
La Garita - Spring Creek Pass to Rat Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail provides excellent panoramic views in all directions. A feeling of vastness can be experienced while traveling across the immense open space one finds on Snow Mesa.
La Garita Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail goes through all types of terrain as it goes toward Mesa Mountain (12,944 feet in elevation). The trail is used by horsemen, ATVs, motorcycles and foot traffic.
Lake Fork Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is a gentle hike along the Lake Fork Creek to Big Lake. The trail then climbs steeply to a saddle between Forest King Mountain and Mammoth Mountain and drops steeply into the community of Platoro.
Lake Fork Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Lake Fork Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail. It follows Lake Creek through a rocky canyon, then gradually breaks into open meadows.
Little Sand Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is infrequently maintained and due to steep sections is not recommended for horse travel. The lakes are the main attractions and fishing is generally good.
Los Pinos Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The valley of the Rio de los Pinos ("River of the Pines") is a picturesque glacial valley whose scenery has attracted tourists from afar. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad passes through the valley below Highway 17.
Lost Trail Creek Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent views and good fishing are both possible along this trail. Evidence of recent and historic mining activity is visible near Carson Pass on the Continental Divide.
Lower Sand Creek Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
It is possible to ride or hike across the Sand Dunes National Monument.
Machin Basin Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail has had no major maintenance recently and is poorly marked. Major attractions are fishing at Machin Lake, excellent scenery, diverse wildlife and rugged terrain.
Major Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Trail attractions are 6"-8" brookies and cutthroat trout in the lower section of the creek. No mountain lake is reached unless the divide is crossed to Brush Creek Lakes.
Medano Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Medano Lake Trail begins just below Medano Pass. Starting in stand of spruce-fir, the trail rises moderately as it follows Medano Creek to Medano Lake. Medano Creek and Medano Lake offer the visitor good fishing possibilities.
Middle Fork Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail follows the edge of an alpine meadow and offers a spectacular view of the Continental Divide with a glacial valley in the foreground.
Middle Fork Cut-Off Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail offers an alternative or circuit route to Machin Lake from the Middle Fork trail. It is steep and poorly marked; it has been staked for future reconstruction.
Middle Fork Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail provides a direct route to Machin Lake via the Middle Fork of Saguache Creek. Attractions are fishing in the lake and creeks, a waterfall midway, diverse wildlife, and excellent scenery.
Middle Frisco Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is very popular with horsemen during the big game hunting season. The trail starts in a mixed conifer/aspen stand and continues south along the Middle Frisco Creek until you reach Frisco Lakes.
Miners Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Scenery and solitude are available along this trail. Excellent views of white chalk like cliffs are present at the head of Miners Creek.
Music Pass Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is well-maintained and heavily used by hikers and horses. The trail functions mainly as an access route into Sand Creek from the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Range.
No Name Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The No Name Trail passes through wide subalpine meadows before reaching No Name Lake. The lake, set in a wide subalpine valley, supports trout and is a picturesque location for fishing, camping, and enjoying other backcountry activities.
North Crestone Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail offers excellent possibilities for extended backpacking or just a good day hike from the campground. Attractions are fishing the creek and lake, excellent scenery, waterfalls and opportunity to see bighorn sheep and occasionally bear.
North Crestone Loop Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail exists as a connector between Comanche Lake and the North Crestone drainage. The trail offers spectacular viewing near Phantom Terrace.
North Fork Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is entirely within the boundaries of the South San Juan Wilderness Area. The trail rises steeply through several switchbacks and then back into a meadow, eventually viewing the Continental Divide.
North Fork Crestone Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is in good condition and offers numerous possibilities for circuit routes with other trails lasting from 2 days to a week. This route is a photographer's dream.
North Fork South Zapata Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a steep trail in very poor condition. This trail starts in dense forest and terminates above timberline.
Notch Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Notch Trail is a fairly strenuous hike as it climbs steeply out of the Conejos River valley.
Palisade Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail goes north towards Blue Park and Long Park and is mostly used by hikers and hunters.
Pole Creek Trail (Divide Ranger District) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Take the short side trip from the trail to the creek to see a series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools on Pole Creek.
Pole Creek-Cataract Lake (Continental Divide/La GaritaTrail) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail serves as a link between the Lost Trail Creek and Pole Creek drainages. The trail also provides access to the Continental Divide and Cataract Lake.
Red Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Beginning at an elevation of 10,300 feet, the Jarosa Trail follows La Manga Creek through subalpine forest and meadows, passing numerous beaver ponds popular to fishing. The mesa reaches an elevation bordering the alpine and subalpine ecosystems here.
Red Lakes Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Red Lake Trail climbs the La Manga Creek Valley to Jarosa Mesa. Red Lake, sitting in a bowl at the head of the Rito Colorado, is popular for fishing and camping.
Rito Alto Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail ascends a rugged, steep canyon with diverse vegetation and is well marked. Attractions are fishing in the creek and lake, and big game.
Roaring Fork Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Roaring Fork Trail mainly serves as an access route to Goose Creek. This trail only has a few, low quality, camping areas. Fishing in nearby Roaring Fork Creek is usually a poor experience.
Ruybalid Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Spectacular views of the Conejos Canyon can be seen from many vantage points along the trail.
San Isabel Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail serves as a loop to San Isabel Lake from the North Fork Crestone Trail. It has numerous steep switchbacks. The main attraction is San Isabel Lake for fishing and camping.
Sand Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is very popular due to its easy access and variety of hiking opportunities and scenery. Attractions are fishing in the Sand Creek lakes and small pools in Sand Creek and the excellent scenery.
Sawmill Gulch Trail (Conejos Peak Ranger District) Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
A pleasant day hike which offers spectacular views along the way. An excellent area for picnics and mountain scenery exists at the trail's end.
Sawmill Gulch Trail (Divide Ranger District) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The main attraction of this trail is the access to Crystal Lake. Good camping areas are generally not available until reaching the McKenzie Park area approximately 3.3 miles from the Miners Creek Road.
Silver Mountain Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail passes through stands of every type of tree found on the Conejos Peak District. Beautiful vistas can be seen from the trail as it passes by Silver Mountain.
South Crestone Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail offers the opportunity for a long day trip or a pleasant overnight trip. The trail is well marked and maintained.
South Fork Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The South Fork Trail is a well traveled and easily followed trail providing access to the spectacular South Fork Conejos Canyon.
South Fork Dispersed Camping Area Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The South Fork Camping Site is three miles north of the Rocky Mountain Lodge, west of Forest Road #250. The site lies between the road and the Conejos River at the South Fork Trailhead.
South Fork Trail (Divide Ranger District) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is entirely within the Weminuche Wilderness and the main attractions are the Continental Divide and Spruce Lakes.
South Fork Trail (Saguache Ranger District) Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is easy to follow and offers several possibilities for circuit routes. Attractions are fishing in the creek, observing big game, and accessing higher country in the wilderness.
South Zapata Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail begins at the Zapata Falls parking lot, and proceeds up South Zapata Creek to South Zapata Lake. There are several ruins of cabins along South Zapata Lake Trail to view.
Spectacle Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Spectacle Lake trail provides an ideal day hike for those camping at the Spectacle Lake and Conejos Campgrounds.
Spruce Lakes Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is within the Weminuche Wilderness. Fishing and sightseeing are popular attractions for recreationists visiting this area. Camping is recommended in an open park close to the trailhead.
Squaw Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail primarily parallels Squaw Creek from Thirty Mile Campground to the Continental Divide. Good fishing is possible along Squaw Creek and nice camping areas are easy to find along the trail.
Squaw Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Squaw Lake Trail lies deep within the Weminuche Wilderness. Good access to the Continental Divide is available on this trail. Pleasant camping areas are available.
Tewksberry Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Tewksberry Trail makes a gentle ascent over scenic Meadow Pass between Cattle Mountain and Demijohn Peak. This trail is not used excessively by hikers which gives the opportunity for solitude.
Texas Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Texas Creek Trail is lightly used and provides access to the popular Ruby Lake area and Trout Lake. From Big Ruby Lake either this trail or Red Lakes Trail (#889) will provide access to Red Lakes and Trout Lake.
Three Forks Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trailhead starts from the parking area at the end of Forest Development Road # 247.
Timber Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Timber Lake lies on the plateau between Canon Rincon and Hansen Creek. From the Timber Lake Trail one is afforded striking views into the depths of Canon Rincon.
Tobacco Lake Trail (#719) Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Tobacco Lake Trail is one route that visitors can follow to climb Conejos Peak.
Upper Sand Creek Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is very popular due to its easy access and variety of hiking opportunities and scenery. Riding or hiking across the Sand Dunes National Monument is possible along the eastern foothills; however, there is no water and infrequent shade.
Ute Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is the major access route into the vast Ute Basin Area. Four major fishable lakes sit in the beautiful basin. The Ute Trail is a popular route with Weminuche Wilderness visitors.
Ute Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
After departing from the main Ute Trail, this trail immediately crosses Middle Ute Creek and proceeds up an open meadow. It meets the Continental Divide Trail immediately above Ute Lake.
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