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Camping: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Tellurium Road #584

Beginning Elevation: 9,866 Feet (3007 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,034 Feet (925 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,900 Feet (3932 Meters)
Length: 9.5 Miles (15.3 Kilometers) to wilderness boundary
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127, 131
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 584
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: New York Peak, Italian Creek

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Travel restrictions may be in effect in this area due to wilderness designation, please check a current Travel map. To access Tellurium Road travel 32 miles from Almont on the Taylor River Road. Two and one third miles past the second pothole lake, Tellurium Road leaves Taylor River Road (at 9,866 feet) heading north.

The road follows a creek for one mile until you reach a road junction. The right road will dead end in about one and a half miles. Taking the left road, you cross a ridge and then follow the Tellurium Creek until you reach Ptarmigan Lake. The road goes around a ridge and climbs via switchbacks to the top of the ridge. The upper portion of this may be impassable due to rock slides. This is a good four-wheel drive road for fishing and wilderness access.

Directions from Almont: Travel 32 miles northeast of Taylor River Road (#742) to Tellurium Road, which leads north.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Over July 4th week, 2000. Some of the best wildflowers, including Red Columbine, we've seen this season. Numerous small fish caught in the beaver ponds along the road. Portions of the road very rough. Summit still blocked by snow.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Tellurium Road
ICON Camping Dorchester Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Ptarmigan Lake, Tellurium Creek, Taylor River
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Tellurium Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Tellurium Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Tellurium Road, Tellurium Creek Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Tellurium Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Tellurium Road

Related Activities
Dorchester Campground - Dorchester Campground is popular with off-road vehicle users. A lengthy network of motorized trails leads from the Castle Creek Valley to Taylor Reservoir.

Pot Hole Lakes - Pot Hole lakes lie close to 10,000 feet on the Taylor River north of Taylor Reservoir. They are heavily stocked due to easy accessibility.

Ptarmigan Lake - This lake, located above 12,000 feet, offers rainbow trout and good fishing.

Taylor River Road - The Taylor River Road is a paved, narrow, winding road, that follows the Taylor River through Taylor Canyon. Traffic is usually very heavy in the summer months.

Tellurium Creek - The upper stretches of Tellurium Creek contain brook trout and a few brown trout inhabit the lower stretches. The fishing is rated as fair.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Delta Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center , , , , Phone: 970-874-8616


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