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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Cebolla Ranger District

Quick Facts

Quartz Creek Drainage

Beginning Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters) Sawatch Range
Ending Elevation: 8,100 Feet (2524.9 Meters) Parlin
Length: 25 Miles (41.67 Kilometers) approximate




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General Description

Quartz Creek has its headwaters near the Continental Divide in the southern Sawatch Mountain Range. North, Middle and South Quartz Creeks flow down from the divide and join near Pitkin. From this confluence Quartz Creek flows in a southwesterly direction to Parlin. In Parlin Quartz Creek joins the waters of Tomichi Creek.

The last twelve miles or so of the creek, before it joins Tomichi Creek, lie entirely within private lands. A short section of public fishing is available in the Roosevelt Picnic Ground vicinity. Above Pitkin nearly the entire area is public land. Side drainages that contain fish are: Middle Quartz Creek, Cold Creek, South Quartz Creek and Halls Gulch Creek.

The upper sections of the drainage (above Ohio City) are typical mountain streams, cold, clear water with a good mix of riffles and pools. The lower sections are slower and warmer. The fish species include rainbow, brook and brown trout with an occasional native (cutthroat) at high elevations. The smaller secluded streams have beaver dams where food is adequate for that water engineer. These areas normally occur in the higher portions of the streams.

Directions from Gunnison: Drive east on Highway 50 12 miles to Parlin and turn left onto the BLM Road 3101 to Pitkin. The entire Quartz Creek drainage is before you.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Quartz Creek
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Quartz Creek
Yes
ICON Rivers & Streams Quartz Creek Drainage
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving BLM Road 3101
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Quartz Creek
Yes



Related Activities
Comanche Campground - Four-wheel driving and mountain biking are the most popular activities for visitors to Comanche Campground. Hikers, backpackers and equestrians will enjoy the solitude of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness north of this site.

Pitkin Campground - Pitkin Campground lies in an abandoned mining region of Colorado. The surrounding terrain supports a plethora of four-wheel drive roads built over 100 years ago by miners in the region.

Quartz Campground - Quartz Campground can be found on Cumberland Pass Road in the middle of an abandoned mining region. The site is popular with four-wheel drive enthusiasts who use the abandoned mining roads.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Ouray County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 145 , Ouray, CO, 81427, Phone: 800-228-1876

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