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Miners Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,500 Feet (779.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,500 Feet (3584.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 7.0 Miles (11.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 803
Usage: Very Light
USGS Maps: Creede, San Luis Peak, Baldy Cinco


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General Description

Good fishing is possible in the upper 2/3 of the Miners Creek Drainage. Opportunities to see elk are possible in the early morning and late evenings. Good camping sites exist along all but the lower segments of this trail. The trail crosses Miners Creek several times in the first 2.0 mile segment. Foot crossings can be dangerous during early summer runoff. Scenery and solitude are available along this trail. Excellent views of white chalk-like cliffs are present at the head of Miners Creek.

The trail starts at the end of the Miners Creek Road and immediately crosses Miners Creek and parallels the creek in the narrow canyon bottom. After crossing the creek several more times, the trail begins to climb out of the creek bottom and through some dense stands of aspen along the southwest facing slopes of Miners Creek. After climbing for about a mile, the trail will turn and cross Miners Creek Drainage. The trail will wander from the creek and traverse through some small open parks and scattered spruce/fir stands.

Shortly after returning to Miners Creek, the trail will parallel the creek through a very narrow gorge, pass through an old-growth spruce/fir stand and then enter a large open meadow near the headwaters of Miners Creek. The trail junction with the La Garita Stock Driveway is in the southeast end of the open meadow. The junction is signed.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for approximately 3.0 miles to Forest Development Road # 507 (Miners Creek Road). Go north on Forest Road 507 for 3.0 miles to the end of the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through Mid-September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Along all but the lower segments
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Upper 2/3 of the Miners Creek Drainage
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Miners Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Trail crosses Miners Creek several times
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Trail crosses Miners Creek several times
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Trail crosses Miners Creek several times
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Trail crosses Miners Creek several times
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery White chalk-like cliffs at the head of Miners Creek
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Elk in the early morning and late evenings
Yes



Related Activities
Bristol View Campground - Campground is located 22.6 miles west of Creede on Forest Road #510. 16 Campgrounds with fishing and trail access.

Continental Divide - San Luis Pass to Spring Creek - This is another scenic stretch of the Continental Divide and Colorado Trails. It is possible to see elk and other wildlife.

Marshall Park Campground - This site is located near Colorado Hwy. 149 and is the closest forest campground to Creede. There is very little screening or trees, so heavy vehicle traffic along Colorado Hwy. 149 is visible.

North Clear Creek - Four fishing access points to North Clear Creek are provided by means of primitive dirt roads, marked with white arrows, that lead off Forest Road #513 (Continental Reservoir/Rito Honda Reservoir Road).

North Clear Creek Campground - Some sites are in open, while some sites are screened with small aspen/spruce/fir. Good general area in the fall to observe and take pictures of fall aspen colors.

North Clear Creek Falls - This site is 27 miles west of Creede in a fenced area with open grass vegetation. There is a very picturesque view of North Clear Creek Falls.

North Clear Creek Road 510/Santa Maria-Seepage Roa - The route crosses open parks and rolling aspen-covered hills. Beautiful views of Bristol Head Peak and the surrounding mountains of the Continental Divide, as well as North Clear Creek waterfall are available.

Palisade Campground - Some sites are open, while other sites are screened with cottonwoods/aspen/spruce/fir. Campground is located adjacent to Colorado Highway 149 for easy access to travelers passing through.

Palisade Trail - This trail goes north towards Blue Park and Long Park and is mostly used by hikers and hunters.

Road Canyon Campground - This campground usually has vacancy when other upriver campgrounds are full. The area is open, with no screening or trees, and it is not screened from Rio Grande Reservoir Road.

Silver Thread Campground - This facility is located adjacent to Highway 149. The area is mostly open and grassy with little screening or trees. CO Highway loops around the campground on three sides, with no screening from the campground.



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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