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-fir alternating with open meadows. Magnificent views await the visitor at trail's end.
El Rito Azul Trail, looking downstream - 1975
The trail is entirely within the boundaries of the South San Juan Wilderness Area. Access to the Continental Divide Trail #813 is provided by this trail. This offers the visitor many possibilities for side trips and/or loops. This trail was reconstructed in the summer of 1981.
Directions from Platoro, Colorado: Take Forest Development Road # 250 west 1.4 miles to Forest Development Road # 247. Proceed on Forest Road # 247 6 miles to its end at Three Forks Trailhead. Take Three Forks Trail #712, 2.0 miles to El Rito Azul Trailhead.
Directions: Continental Divide Trail #813 junctions with the El Rito Azul Trail at Blue Lake.