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The San Juan National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. As a part of this forest there are two wilderness areas. For simplification, we have divided the trails to those on the north side of Hwy 160 and the south side of Hwy 160. The description of the wilderness area may or may not apply to a specific trail but does coincide with that wilderness accessibility.
Trails North of Hwy 160
About the Weminuche Wilderness
Welcome to Colorado’s largest wilderness—extending more than 488,210 acres. With its average elevation of 10,000-feet, there are lofty peaks extending in all directions. The wilderness is highly used yet generally unspoiled.
Designated in 1975, and expanded to its current size by the Colorado Wilderness Acts of 1980 and 1993, the wilderness contains the headwaters of dozens of major streams and rivers; these water sources drain into the Rio Grande and San Juan Rivers – two of the Southwest’s most ecologically and culturally significant waterways. The landscape is of glacial valleys, windswept ridges and crags and abundant above tree line elevation. The ragged peaks and soaring cliffs, formed over millions of years as volcanic eruptions covered the landscape, adds to the dramatically different mountain landscapes this wilderness area offers in its largeness.
The Weminuche Wilderness has 490-miles of trails, many of those high elevation trails, including 80-miles of the Continental Divide Trail. While many of the trails are easy to follow, there are areas where route finding will be challenging and obstructed by the overgrowth of willow. Pockets of snow can extend through the year. Deteriorating weather, including snow, can fall any month of the year. In the wet season, thunderstorms are a persistent problem which can easily shorten any day of travel above tree line.
Anderson Trail No 579 – Click Here
Baldy Mountain Trail No 536
Beaver Creek Trail No 560 – trail has limited access and no thru-route options in any season
Beaver Lakes Trail No 604
Cimarrona Trail No 586 – Click Here
Coldwater No 597
Coldwater Stock No 598
Coyote Hill No 314 – Click Here
Devil Creek No 603
Devil Mountain (Single Track) No 600
Devils Hole (off of Notch Mountain Road) No 707
Divide Lakes (Columbine District) No 539 – Click Here
Dudley No 601
East Fork Weminuche No 659 – Click Here
Falls Creek No 673
Fourmile (Upper) No 687 – Click Here
Fourmile Wilderness No 569 – Click Here
Hossick Trails No 585 and 602 – Click Here
Hot Creek Stock Drive No 804
Indian Creek No 588 – Click Here
Little Sand Creek No 591 – first mile cut-out on 6/15/17 – 110 trees cut
Lower Weminuche No 595 – trail cut-out 7/17/17 – 163 trees cut
Middle Fork Wilderness No 589
Palisade Meadows No 651 – Click Here
Piedra Falls No 671 – Click Here
Piedra River No 596 – Click Here
Piedra Stock Drive No 583 – Click Here
Pine-Piedra Stock Drive No 524
Sand Creek No 593
Shaw Creek No 584
Sheep Creek No 599
Snow Springs No 605 – Click Here
Treasure Falls (Blowout) No 685
Treasure Falls (Interpretive) No 563
Treasure Falls (Overlook) No 670
Treasure Mountain No 565 – Click Here
Turkey Creek No 580
Weminuche No 592 – Click Here
West Fork No 561
William Creek No 587 – Click Here
Williams Lake Fork No 664 – Click Here
Trails South of Hwy 160
About the South San Juan Wilderness
The South San Juan Wilderness covers more than 127,000 acres of spectacular mountainous terrain and offers high tundra, sweeping vistas and solitude. Elevations in the wilderness range from 8,000-feet to more than 13,000-feet.
Ages of volcanic activity followed by the infinitely patient carving of glaciers left the rough, imposing terrain of the remote South San Juan Wilderness, an area typified by steep slopes above broad U-shaped valleys cut sharply deeper by eroding streams. You’ll find high peaks and cliffs, as well as jagged pinnacles and ragged ridges, making travel difficult. Elevations rise as high as 13,300 feet. Thirty-two lakes, most of them formed by glacial activity, hold much of the area’s moisture and drain into turbulent creeks. The Conejos, San Juan, and Blanco Rivers have their headwaters here, and about 25 miles of the Conejos River has been recommended for Wild and Scenic designation. Erosion of rich volcanic rock in combination with heavy snowfall has produced ideal forestland, certainly among the best in the state. Forest ecosystems rise from the shadowy cover of magnificent lodgepole pine to aspen, then through Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir to alpine tundra. Much of the forestland has a peaceful, park-like quality under the trees where sun-starved undergrowth grows thin and low.
Blanco River Trail No 573
Buckles/Harris Lake Trail No 688 – Click Here
Coal Creek Trail No 581 – Click Here
Crater Lake No 562 – Click Here
Fish Creek No 575 – Click Here
Fish Lake No 574 – Click Here
Leche Creek No 576 – Click Here
Little Blanco No 572 – Click Here
Navajo Peak No 577 – Click Here
Opal Lake No 564 – Click Here
Quartz Creek No 571 – Click Here
Quartz Lake No 568 – Click Here
Quartz Ridge No 570 – Click Here
Silver Creek No 567
Treasure Mountain No 565 – Click Here
V-Rock No 578 – Click Here
Windy Pass No 566 – Click Here
Turkey Springs Trail System
The Turkey Springs trail system consists of numerous interconnected single-track non-motorized routes, providing more than 30 miles of trail to ride, run or ski. Numerous loops originating from several different trailheads are available. Gravel forest service access roads and ATV trails provide additional connectivity and loop options.
This area offers aspen stands, large open parks, rock outcroppings. The terrain is generally gentle slopes but rocks, short steep pitches and side slopes add variety to the undulating terrain. Trail names and numbers are both displayed on the map.
Aspen Run No 307 – trail brushed end-to-end (6/13/17)
Bear Trail No 315
Boulder Trail No 308
Brockover Trail No 306
Catamount Trail No 313
Creek No 311
Gopher No 303 – middle segment brushed (7/15/17)
Hotz Spring No 317
Lower Rim No 309
Newt Jack No 305
Park Avenue No 302
Powerline No 310
Quakie Spring No 318
Round Park No 304
Turkey Springs No 301
Upper Rim No 312
Click the link for a printable map of the Turkey Springs Trail System (12 Mbyte file) – TS_BikeTrails_color_20140815
Photo Credit: The Pagosa Sun. Map Credit: Pagosa Ranger District.
Chimney Rock Trail System
This undiscovered gem is an intimate, off-the-beaten-path archaeological site located at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. You’ll walk in the footsteps of the fascinating and enigmatic Ancestral Puebloans of the Chaco Canyon, following primitive pathways that haven’t changed for 1,000 years. Archaeological ruins and artifacts, abundant wildlife, and its setting in the breathtaking San Juan National Forest make Chimney Rock a must-see.
Chimney Rock covers seven square miles and preserves 200 ancient homes and ceremonial buildings, some of which have been excavated for viewing and exploration: a Great Kiva, a Pit House, a Multi-Family Dwelling, and a Chacoan-style Great House Pueblo. Chimney Rock is the highest in elevation of all the Chacoan sites, at about 7,000 feet above sea level. From the base, the hike to the top is just a half mile and it’s rewarded with dramatic 360-degree views of Colorado and New Mexico.
Pagosa ATV Access Trails
Blue Creek (ATV) No 817
Brockover South Trail (ATV) No 321
Cade Mountain Trail (ATV) No 322
Campsite Trail (ATV) No 325
Circle T Trail (ATV) No 324
Cutover (ATV) No 319
Chris Mountain Trail (ATV) No 703
Devil Mountain (ATV) No 600
Elk Creek (ATV) No 689
Fourmile Stock Drive (ATV) No 569
Horse Creek (ATV) No 690
Middle Fork (ATV) No 589
Middle Mountain (ATV) No 654
Middle Mountain Connection (ATV) No 582
Monument Park (ATV) No 590
Mule Mountain (ATV) No 691
Mule Mountain Spur 1 (ATV) No 692
Mule Mountain Spur 2 (ATV) No 693
Navajo Peak (ATV) No 577
Piedra Stock Drive (ATV) No 583
Sand Creek (ATV) No 593
Snow Springs Connection (ATV) No 704
South Brockover (ATV) No 321
Stockdrive (ATV) No 323
Turkey Creek (ATV) No 580
Willow Draw (ATV) No 819 – summer cattle grazing permitted