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.
End of South Colony road before closure - 8.95
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.
Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October .