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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.
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.
Bristol Head Peak Road 532 Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
From the head of Bristol Head Peak, a magnificent panoramic view of the entire region exists for miles in summer and winter.
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 - 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.
Crystal Lake Road 532a Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a short (2.5 miles) scenic primitive road that leads to Crystal Lake. This five-acre lake usually provides fair to good catches of rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.
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.
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.
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.
Four Mile Four-Wheel Drive Road Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This road provides a jeep road between Saguache Park and the Luders Creek area. Water is available in several streams along the way. Saguache Park is a very large dry park with several fishable streams.
Fremont's Camp Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail passes through several ecosystems as it climbs and from the lower parts of the trail the high cliffs for which Cathedral Campground is named can be seen.
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.
Jarosa Mesa Primitive Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This primitive road begins at Spring Creek Pass (10,898 feet elevation) within Spring Creek Pass Campground. The entire length of the Jarosa Mesa Primitive Road (approximately 8.6 miles) follows along the Continental Divide.
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.
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.
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.
Nelson Mountain Primitive Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The last half of the road traverses a beautiful subalpine park at timberline. Other than being a scenic, high mountain jeep road, the route offers no other extraordinary or distinctive attractions.
North Long Ridge Primitive Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a short, 3.8 mile easy jeep road, which primarily provides fishing access to Clear Creek via two short spur roads located along it.
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.
Regan Lake (House Canyon) Road 521 Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is an easy, short (4.8 miles), dead-end jeep road which primarily provides fishing access to Regan Lake (91.5 acres).
Stony Pass Road 520 Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a scenic and remote primitive road that is a popular route between the historic mining towns of Creede and Silverton. Numerous mining claims, mines, and associated structures are found along the route.
Swale Lake Four-Wheel Drive Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This road switches back and forth through the old Park Creek burn which burned 600 acres in 1960. You can see how the new young forest has established itself.
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.
Trout Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Forest Service planned to relocate this trail around private property. The new trailhead will be near the South Fork community, so the tail will probably get much more use in the future.
Ute Pass Loop Four-Wheel Drive Road Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The valley views while climbing Ute Pass are beautiful. The portion of the road north of Ute Pass is narrow, winding, and boulder strewn and best suited for mountain bike, ATV and motorcycle use.
Valdez Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a lightly used trail. Water is not available along this trail.
West Bear Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The upper portion of the trail shows evidence of the old sawmills used in the early 1900's. Please check with the Divide Ranger District for trail conditions prior to your trip.
West Frisco Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
West Frisco Trail goes all the way to Bennett Mountain, which is 13,203 in elevation. Spectacular views and a diversity of scenery abound on this trail.
West Lost Trail Creek Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Beautiful views of Pole Mountain and vast panoramic views are possible once a hiker begins approaching the Continental Divide. This trail provides the shortest access to Cataract Lake from the Rio Grande River drainage.
West Pole Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent views and an excellent assortment of wildflowers can be found in the West Pole Drainage. Few people hike in the West Pole Area. Hiking this trail is basically a cross-country type experience.
Wheeler Geologic Area Four-Wheel Drive Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This scenic, remote primitive road is a popular route into the Wheeler Geologic Area. While the road is relatively level, it is rough, roundabout, and very slow, with much of the roadbed made up of embedded rocks.
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