Wasatch Horse Trail

The 22nd most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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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.

Overall, Wasatch Horse Trail is the 22nd most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Wasatch Horse Trail including Alpine Trail and Alder Creek Trail.

Wasatch Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map



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

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug

GPS:  37.9288, -107.8061

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  4/5/2018

ID:  12874

Wasatch Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map


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