The Upper Rio Grande Area has over 300 miles of groomed trails, side trails, open parks, meadows and hills to climb from 8,200 ft to 12,000 ft. These trails follow Forest Service Roads that are not open to driving during the winter. Snowmobiles and Cross Country Skiers share the areas. Be safe and courteous on the trail and ALWAYS consult weather conditions, never go alone, make sure family members, friends or lodge owners know your location. There is no shortage of winter fun here. Start your engines!
Trail info provided by South Fork Powder Busters 719.873.0208 and Silver Thread Outdoor Club 719.873.5429. Clubs sponsor group rides throughout the season and love newcomers and visitors to the area to join them. Please contact them for more info.
#1 Willow Park / Del Norte Peak
(Forest Service Rd. #350-345) Elevation: 8,250 – 12,400
Travel East 1.6 miles on Hwy 160 turn right and go 7 miles up FSR 350. Take the right hand fork into Willow Park, approx. 10 miles or take the left hand fork on FSR #345, approx. 3 miles, turn right on FSR #359. Or go straight on FSR #345 at the fork and continue approx. 12-14 miles to Pinos Creek Road #330, turn right here for approx. 1 mile. At the chicken foot turn right on FSR# 332 and continue to Pogue Lake, Beaver Reservoir or back to Willow Park. Parks and valleys are plentiful to play in and at close observation you will possibly see a variety of wildlife. Restroom & picnic tables available. Loops with trail #2 Beaver Creek/Cross Creek
#2 Beaver Creek / Cross Creek
(Forest Service Rd. #360-359) Elevation: 8,700 – 11,500
Travel southwest 1.9 miles on Hwy 160 going toward Wolf Creek Pass turn left on Beaver Creek Road approx. 5 miles to the Reservoir, where by the way, the ice fishing is excellent. Parking is at the far end of the lake and restrooms are available. Two miles after leaving the parking area go straight approx. 8 miles on FSR #360 to Poague Lake or turn left on FSR #359 to Cross Creek and Willow Park FSR #350. There is a possible 23 mile loop on trail FSR #359 for experienced riders only. Numerous parks and valleys will also be found. This trail intercepts with trail #1 (Willow Park) with an approximate loop of 90 miles.
#3 Fox Mountain / Park Creek Road
(Forest Service Rd. #381)
Seven miles S.W. of South Fork on Hwy 160 west toward Wolf Creek Pass, turn left on Park Creek Road FSR #380 toward Summitville. Watch for heavy equipment and trucks, even in the winter. The trail head is 3 miles up, with parking at the road or bridge. Eight miles to the end of the trail at an elevation of 11,530 feet, there are few places to play until you reach the end of the trail. At the top there are large meadows and lots of places to ride. Return the same way.