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Quick Facts

South Colony Four-Wheel Drive Road

Average Time: at least 2 Hours
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Ending Elevation: 11,040 Feet (3441.4 Meters) South Colony Trailhead
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Road Number: 120
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

End of South Colony road before closure - 8.95
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End of South Colony road before closure - 8.95
About 1 mile from County Road 119, on South Colony Road is the parking area where all vehicles must stop. If you have a high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle, make sure you are prepared for five miles of what could be the worst road you've ever driven. Even so, this road is used rather heavily. Please help preserve Nature's beauty for the others yet to come.

There are steep areas, big rocks, small rocks, slabs of rock and water bars as you follow South Colony Creek. Give yourself at least 2 hours driving time to get to South Colony Trailhead, where the road dead-ends. For most of the last three miles you will be driving through a designated corridor about 150 yards wide. This corridor is a passage through the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

Many hikers can be found on the road. People attempting to summit Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle or Humbolt Peak camp at South Colony Lakes or the parking lot.

This is a beautiful area, surrounded by mountains. Starting in the north and going west, you can see Humbolt Peak (elevation - 14064), the Crestones (all over 14,000) and then Broken Hand Peak and Milwaukee Peak.

Directions from Highway 69: Less than 6 miles south of Westcliffe on Highway 69 turn right onto County Road 119 and continue due south for miles on the paved road for 5-6 miles. At the junction, turn right on the gravel road and continue following County Road 120, which is South Colony Road. It is about 1 mile to the parking area. Five miles of the worst kind of four-wheel driving awaits you.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October .

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Unless you have alot of rubber, plan on scraping your rear diff.. Make the effort to make the climb, at least to the lakes, its worth it!!!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking South Colony Lakes
ICON Dispersed Camping At the parking lot
ICON Cold Water Fishing South Colony Creek, South Colony Lakes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving South Colony Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Mountain Biking Please stay on the road; you are surrounded by wilderness
ICON Mountain Climbing Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, Humbolt Peak
ICON ATV Riding Please stay on the road; you are surrounded by wilderness
ICON Motorcycle Riding Please stay on the road; you are surrounded by wilderness

Related Activities
South Colony Trail - South Colony Trail creates a triangular loop that takes you into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. At one time the 4 WD road continued another mile past the trailhead. Now it ends at a creek crossing. There is parking here.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737, Fax: 719-543-8926


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