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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Conejos Peak Ranger District

Quick Facts

Valdez Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,440 Feet (2942.6 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,560 Feet (486.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters) Ends at Conejos Stock Driveway # 720
High Point: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters) Jarosa Creek
Length, One-way: 5.0 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 717
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Red Mountain, Spectacle Lake
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use




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General Description

This is a lightly used trail. The first mile climbs steeply and is quite strenuous. Lake Fork Creek The trail then joins a four-wheel drive road and continues on a gentle descent for 3 miles to Las Flores Lake, terminating at the Conejos Stock Driveway #720 just south of Las Flores Lake.

Water is not available along this trail.

Las Flores Lake does not have a fish population.

Directions from La Jara Reservoir, Colorado: Take Forest Development Road # 249, a four-wheel drive road, 7.0 miles to Bancos Cow Camp and the junction with the trail.

Directions from Antonito, Colorado: Go 23.0 miles west from Highway 17 to the Conejos River Road #250. Proceed north of Forest Development Road # 250 13.0 miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Las Flores Lake does not have a fish population
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Valdez Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding First mile is steep and quite strenuous
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking First mile is steep and quite strenuous
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding The first mile climbs steeply
Yes
ICON ATV Riding The first mile climbs steeply
Yes



Related Activities
Conejos River - The Conejos River provides more than 30 stream miles of high quality wild trout fishing. The Conejos River has more public fishing access along its length than any other major river in Colorado.

Trail Creek Dispersed Camping Area - The Trail Creek site is 2.5 miles south of Lake Fork Campground on the Alamosa-Conejos River Road (Forest Road 250). No facilities are provided.



More Information

Visitor Information:

South Fork Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 12 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 719-873-5512

Rio Grande County - South Fork, Del Norte, Monte Vista, P.O. Box 577 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 800-571-0881 or 719-873-5512, Fax: 719-873-5693, www.southfork.org

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