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

Quick Facts

Rocky Brook Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,858 Feet (3072.9 Meters) Spring Creek Road
Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain: 905 Feet (282.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,705 Feet (3025.2 Meters) Taylor River Road
High Point: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Length: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers) approximate
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131 Crested Butte, Pearl Pass
Recommended Season: Late Summer
Road Number: 748
Usage: Moderate
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

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General Description

Rocky Brook Road, Forest Service Road 748, begins from Spring Creek Road, Forest Road 744, less than a mile south of Spring Creek Reservoir. The road leads northeast from an elevation of 9,858 feet. Within a half mile of Spring Creek Road, Rocky Brook Road crosses Spring Creek. Shortly after this crossing the road begins to parallel Rocky Brook.

The road climbs slowly following Rocky Brook. Three miles from Spring Creek Road, Dustin Gulch Road, 748.1A, branches southward and crosses Rocky Brook. One mile from Dustin Gulch Road, Dustin Park Road, 748.1B, branches from Rocky Brook Road and follows Dustin Gulch. This road eventually becomes the Matchless Trail 413. It leads to the parking lot of the Rivers End Campground on the shores of Taylor Park Reservoir.

Within a half mile of Dustin Park Road, Rocky Brook Road reaches 10,600 feet and begins to descend into the Taylor River drainage. Six miles from Spring Creek Road is the Star Trailhead. Star Trail leads north from Rocky Brook Road to Reno Divide. From Star Trailhead, Rocky Brook Road follows Trail Creek. It's approximately a four and a half mile descent to Taylor River Road from the Star Trailhead. Rocky Brook Road joins Taylor River Road at an elevation of 9,705 feet.

Directions from Taylor River Road: Travel 30 miles north of Almont on Taylor River Road to Rocky Brook Road, Forest Service Road 748.

Directions from Spring Creek Road: Travel seven and a half miles on Taylor River Road to Spring Creek Road (Forest Road 744). Turn left on to Spring Creek Road and travel approximately 11.5 miles to Rocky Brook Road.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Rocky Brook Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Rocky Brook, Trail Creek
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Rocky Brook Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Star Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Rocky Brook Road
ICON ATV Riding Rocky Brook Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Rocky Brook Road
ICON Snowmobiling Rocky Brook Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Rocky Brook Road

Related Activities
Spring Creek Road #744 - This road accesses Spring Creek. It starts at the Spring Creek Reservoir.

Star Trail - The Star Trail is a multi-use trail that leads from Reno Divide to Rocky Brook Road northwest of Taylor Park Reservoir.

Star Trailhead - Star Trailhead is located on Rocky Brook Road, Forest Service Road 748. It accesses the multi-use Star Trail, 411.

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.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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