Alder Creek Trail Horseback Riding

The 25th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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North of Telluride, the 5.5 mile Alder Creek Trail combines abandoned forest road and gentle trail for a trek into the Mt. Sneffels Wilderness Area. The route connects up with the Dallas Trail.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Telluride, head west on SR145 to Last Dollar Road (FS638). Turn right on FS638 for 10 miles across Last Dollar Pass. The trailhead is on the north side of the road about 0.25 miles past the pass.

Overall, Alder Creek Trail is the 25th most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Alder Creek Trail including Alpine Trail and Wasatch Horse Trail.


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:  Easy

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

GPS:  38.0043, -107.9497

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  4/5/2018

ID:  13005


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