Wasatch Horse Trail Horseback Riding

South of Telluride, the Wasatch Horse Trail is a scenic 17 mile loop (4,550) combines dirt roads past the Bridal Veil Falls, the Wasatch Trail and a descent by the Bear Creek Canyon waterfalls. Don t underestimate this loop -- it could be the most difficult route in the US.

From town, ride east on Colorado Avenue for 2 miles up to Pandora Mill. As the road turns to dirt, climb another 2 miles (1200) to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. At the fork, stay right through the gate past the old power plant. Up ahead, look for a side trip to Silver Lake. Continue up to the junction with Blue Lake Road and again veer right (unless you want to check out Blue Lake). Through the course of ascending the next several miles, generally stay right at intersections climbing to a high of 13,000. Eventually, descend an extremely narrow, rocky singletrack into Bear Creek Canyon. Follow the dirt road back into town.

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Local Contact(s):  Uncompahgre National Forest (970) 327-4261; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Telluride Visitors (88-TELLURIDE); San Juan Guest Ranch (970) 626-5360; Colorado Horse Council (303) 292-4981.

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Victorian Inn (970) 728-6601; Mountainside Inn; Oak Street Inn (970) 728-3313

Luxury Loding:  New Sheridan Hotel; Hotel Columbia; The Peaks; Inn At Lost Creek (888) 601-5678

Breakfast Restaurant:  Maggies; Baked In Telluride; Sofios; Steaming Bean

Local Website:  click herehttp://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/

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Date Updated:  7/31/2016

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