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Adams Fork Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Adams Fork flows from headwaters below Summit Peak on the Continental Divide to join the Conejos River near Platoro Reservoir.
Beaver Creek Reservoir Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
All sizes of rainbow, brown, brook and native cutthroat trout as well as kokanee salmon tempt the fisherman. There is a paved boat ramp at the south end and the reservoir is suitable for rafts to small motor boats.
Big Meadows Reservoir Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Rainbow trout, brook trout and some native cutthroat trout are in the reservoir. There is ample parking and turn around space and a paved boat ramp at the north end. Boating is suitable for rafts to small motor boats.
Blue Lake Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Located in the South San Juan Wilderness, access is by foot or horse travel only. This scenic lake is heavily used. Brown and brook trout can be caught here.
Cliff Lake Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This as a picturesque lake with scenic views but it is subject to winterkill in extreme years.
Conejos River Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
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.
Cotton Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is well marked and maintained. It follows the creek through a rugged, steep canyon and diverse scenery. Teacup Lake presents an opportunity for primitive route-finding.
Crater Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a wonderful, though moderately strenuous day hike. The trail starts in a forest and climbs above timberline to the Continental Divide. Spectacular views abound here.
Crooked Creek Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Usually has a vacancy when other upriver campgrounds are full. Located very close to Forest Road 520, with heavy traffic.
Duck Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Duck Lake Trail is a fairly gentle walk that offers scenic vistas of the Conejos Valley and gives access to several fishing lakes.
East Willow Creek Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This 5.1 mile road begins up West Willow Creek Road and much of the land along the road is private property, but you will see the old Creede townsite.
El Rito Azul, North Fork Conejos, Middle Fork Conejos Rivers Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
All three drainages begin below the Continental Divide and converge in Three Forks Park to form the Conejos River. The creeks lie in the South San Juan Wilderness.
Elk Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Elk Creek Trail is popular with hikers, fishermen, and horseback riders and it provides an ideal day hike for those camping at Elk Creek or Old La Manga campgrounds.
Goose Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail grade is gradual for most of the 11 miles that it parallels Goose Creek. Good camping areas abound along the trail.
Heart Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Good views of Fingers Mesa and Pole Mountain. The trail travels through a few small open parks but primarily stays in mixed aspen and spruce/fir stands.
Ivy Creek Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This facility has one developed site with a table and fire ring, and 3 undeveloped sites. This campground is considered to be remote and is usually not heavily used, yet it is very attractive with trees and open grassland.
Kerr Lake Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The road is rough and steep in places and shouldn't be attempted without a 4 WD. 85% of the lake shore is rated is rated easy to fish.
Kerr Lake Road Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Kerr Lake Road heads north from the summit of Stunner Pass.
La Manga Dispersed Camping Area Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
La Manga Creek Dispersed Camping Area is located 24 miles west of Antonito off Highway 17. No facilities are provided.
Lake Ann Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This scenic lake sits just below the Continental Divide.
Lake Fork Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Lake Fork Campground offers easy access to the stream.
Lake Fork Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is a gentle hike along the Lake Fork Creek to Big Lake. The trail then climbs steeply to a saddle between Forest King Mountain and Mammoth Mountain and drops steeply into the community of Platoro.
Lake Fork Rest Area Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Lake Fork Rest Area is 27 miles west of Del Norte and 9 miles west of South Fork alongside U.S. Highway 160.
Lily Pond Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Undeveloped campsites, 40% of shoreline is rated easy to fish.
Little Sand Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is infrequently maintained and due to steep sections is not recommended for horse travel. The lakes are the main attractions and fishing is generally good.
Lost Trail Creek Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent views and good fishing are both possible along this trail. Evidence of recent and historic mining activity is visible near Carson Pass on the Continental Divide.
Love Lake Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Site is located 17 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road #526 at an elevation of 10,000 feet. Good general area in the fall to observe and take pictures of fall aspen colors.
Lower Sand Creek Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
It is possible to ride or hike across the Sand Dunes National Monument.
Major Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Trail attractions are 6"-8" brookies and cutthroat trout in the lower section of the creek. No mountain lake is reached unless the divide is crossed to Brush Creek Lakes.
Medano Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Medano Lake Trail begins just below Medano Pass. Starting in stand of spruce-fir, the trail rises moderately as it follows Medano Creek to Medano Lake. Medano Creek and Medano Lake offer the visitor good fishing possibilities.
Miners Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Scenery and solitude are available along this trail. Excellent views of white chalk like cliffs are present at the head of Miners Creek.
Mix Lake Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
90% of the shoreline is rated easy to fish. Due to its proximity to the Platoro and Mix Lake Campground, this lake is heavily fished. It is stocked regularly with rainbow trout.
No Name Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The No Name Trail passes through wide subalpine meadows before reaching No Name Lake. The lake, set in a wide subalpine valley, supports trout and is a picturesque location for fishing, camping, and enjoying other backcountry activities.
North Clear Creek Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
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 Crestone Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail offers excellent possibilities for extended backpacking or just a good day hike from the campground. Attractions are fishing the creek and lake, excellent scenery, waterfalls and opportunity to see bighorn sheep and occasionally bear.
North Fork Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is entirely within the boundaries of the South San Juan Wilderness Area. The trail rises steeply through several switchbacks and then back into a meadow, eventually viewing the Continental Divide.
Park Creek Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Wolf Creek Pass is 9.5 miles from the campground and the south fork of the Rio Grande and Park Creek are accessible for fishing. The facilities have 13 sites.
Platoro Reservoir Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Platoro Reservoir lies a short distance west of the tourist-mining village Platoro. The lake is 990 acres, the highest man-made lake in North America.
Pole Creek Trail (Divide Ranger District) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Take the short side trip from the trail to the creek to see a series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools on Pole Creek.
Pole Creek Trail (Saguache Ranger District) Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is not maintained since there is no public access and may be difficult to follow. An attraction is fishing in the lower part of the creek; the lake is not known to support any fish.
Poso Campground Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Mountain Biking, fishing, four-wheel driving and big game hunting can all be accessed from Poso Family campground.
Red Lake Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Beginning at an elevation of 10,300 feet, the Jarosa Trail follows La Manga Creek through subalpine forest and meadows, passing numerous beaver ponds popular to fishing. The mesa reaches an elevation bordering the alpine and subalpine ecosystems here.
Red Lakes Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Red Lake Trail climbs the La Manga Creek Valley to Jarosa Mesa. Red Lake, sitting in a bowl at the head of the Rito Colorado, is popular for fishing and camping.
Rio Grande Reservoir Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a scenic high mountain reservoir with access to wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities. There are five campgrounds, picnic areas, many trails leading from the area and a jeep road with a historical site.
Rio Grande River Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Rio Grande is a popular rafting area. Because of shallow water and many boulders, the river is better suited for rafting than canoeing and kayaking
River Hill Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This campground has good screening with trees on many sites and remains full from mid-June through August. It is adjacent to Rio Grande River and Little Squaw Resort.
Road Canyon Reservoir Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is a scenic high mountain reservoir that has good fishing and is suitable for all but large boats and motors.
Rock Creek Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Rock Creek Picnic Area is nearby. One can fish on North Fork Rock Creek and South Fork Rock Creek and hike on Alamosa-Rock Creek Trail 703, North Fork Rock Creek Trail 704 and South Fork Rock Creek Trail 702.
San Isabel Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail serves as a loop to San Isabel Lake from the North Fork Crestone Trail. It has numerous steep switchbacks. The main attraction is San Isabel Lake for fishing and camping.
Sand Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is very popular due to its easy access and variety of hiking opportunities and scenery. Attractions are fishing in the Sand Creek lakes and small pools in Sand Creek and the excellent scenery.
Silver Thread Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
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.
South Crestone Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail offers the opportunity for a long day trip or a pleasant overnight trip. The trail is well marked and maintained.
South Fork Conejos River Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The South Fork Trail is a well traveled and easily followed trail providing access to the spectacular South Fork Conejos Canyon.
South Zapata Creek Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail begins at the Zapata Falls parking lot, and proceeds up South Zapata Creek to South Zapata Lake. There are several ruins of cabins along South Zapata Lake Trail to view.
Spruce Lakes Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is within the Weminuche Wilderness. Fishing and sightseeing are popular attractions for recreationists visiting this area. Camping is recommended in an open park close to the trailhead.
Squaw Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail primarily parallels Squaw Creek from Thirty Mile Campground to the Continental Divide. Good fishing is possible along Squaw Creek and nice camping areas are easy to find along the trail.
Squaw Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Squaw Lake Trail lies deep within the Weminuche Wilderness. Good access to the Continental Divide is available on this trail. Pleasant camping areas are available.
Stunner Campground Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Stunner Campground is beside the Alamosa River 2 miles below the top of Stunner Pass. There is public access to fishing in the Alamosa River. Stunner is a ghost town of historic significance.
Terrace Reservoir Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The reservoir is a storage facility on the Alamosa River which is drawn down each year. It is the 250th highest earthen dam, built circa 1906. It is lightly fished and has cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Texas Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Texas Creek Trail is lightly used and provides access to the popular Ruby Lake area and Trout Lake. From Big Ruby Lake either this trail or Red Lakes Trail (#889) will provide access to Red Lakes and Trout Lake.
Thirty Mile Creek Trailhead Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Campground and trailhead are located 31.1 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road #520. Adjacent to Rio Grande River and Thirty Mile Resort.
Thirtymile Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Campground and trailhead are located 31.1 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road #520. Adjacent to Rio Grande River and Thirty Mile Resort.
Three Forks Trail Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trailhead starts from the parking area at the end of Forest Development Road # 247.
Tobacco Lake Trail (#719) Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Tobacco Lake Trail is one route that visitors can follow to climb Conejos Peak.
Trujillo Meadows Reservoir Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This is one of the few lakes or reservoirs with road access located in Conejos Peak Ranger District. Small motorized and nonmotorized water craft are allowed
Tucker Ponds Campground Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Tucker Ponds Campground is in the Pass Creek drainage just off U.S. Highway 160. Fishing attractions include Tucker Ponds and Pass Creek.
Upper Alamosa River, Prospect Creek, Treasure Creek Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The upper Alamosa flows eastward from its headwaters through open parks, spruce-fir forest, and aspen stands bordered by the walls of the Alamosa Canyon.
Upper Conejos River Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Upper Conejos River is easily accessible and heavily fished, but remains excellent fishing.
Upper Sand Creek Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is very popular due to its easy access and variety of hiking opportunities and scenery. Riding or hiking across the Sand Dunes National Monument is possible along the eastern foothills; however, there is no water and infrequent shade.
Ute Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is the major access route into the vast Ute Basin Area. Four major fishable lakes sit in the beautiful basin. The Ute Trail is a popular route with Weminuche Wilderness visitors.
Ute Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
After departing from the main Ute Trail, this trail immediately crosses Middle Ute Creek and proceeds up an open meadow. It meets the Continental Divide Trail immediately above Ute Lake.
Weminuche Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Weminuche Trail provides quick and easy access to the Continental Divide. From Thirty Mile Campground, the trail allows a hiker to be at Weminuche Pass after an easy 4 hour trip.
West Bellows Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Opportunities for good fishing exist along West Bellows Creek, but camping areas are rare in this drainage. Views of spectacular cliffs and rugged country can be seen while hiking up the narrow canyon.
West Lost Trail Creek Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Beautiful views of Pole Mountain and vast panoramic views are possible once a hiker begins approaching the Continental Divide. This trail provides the shortest access to Cataract Lake from the Rio Grande River drainage.
West Pole Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent views and an excellent assortment of wildflowers can be found in the West Pole Drainage. Few people hike in the West Pole Area. Hiking this trail is basically a cross-country type experience.
West Ute Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is the main access route to West Ute Lake and is an easy to hike along West Ute Creek. The trail travels up a steady, steep climb through the old-growth spruce fir below West Ute Lake.
Whale Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is well marked once the trailhead is passed. It offers access to the Palmer Mesa area from Saguache Park. Attractions are fishing in the creek and big game hunting.
Wild Cherry Creek Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail offers the opportunity for a long day trip or a pleasant overnight. Attractions are the easy access, fishing in the lake, and big game.
Willow Lake Trail Saguache Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail offers the opportunity for a long day trip or an extended trip.
Zapata Falls Area Conejos Peak Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This hike is not for everyone. Be prepared to climb a short ladder, get your feet wet in cold water and balance on slippery rocks.
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