Southeast of Pagosa Springs, the Valle Victorian Trail is a 12 mile route.
To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Antonito, CO, take US Rt. 285 south 0.3 miles to State Rt. 17. Continue straight on Rt. 17 and go 21.9 miles to Platoro sign (Forest Rt. 250). At sign, turn right onto Rt. 250 (dirt) and go 6.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. The trailhead is just south of the campground.
Take the Notch Trail to the Valle Victoria Trail.
The Valle Victoria trail traverses the subalpine lake country lying between the Elk Creek and South Fork Conejos River drainages. The interspersed subalpine meadows and forest provide habitat to a wide variety of species, including coyote, black bear, and large herds of elk. Although several of the lakes in the Valle Victoria area do not support fish because of winterkill, fish can be found in some of the streams draining the lakes. The area is also popular for elk hunting. Further use of the trail is made by ranches herding their cattle that graze the plateau country.
By traveling a short distance off the beaten track, you may reach the heads of numerous spectacularly scenic canyons that descend to Elk Creek or the South Fork Conejos River from this plateau: Canon Escondido, Victoria Gulch, and the upper reaches of Elk Creek.
Adventurous hikers may desire to hike down one of these canyons to join the trails following these streams, although established trails may not exist.
From the Valle Victoria Trail, hikers may continue on the Elk Creek Trail #731 (by way of the Notch Trail #729). The No Name Lake Trail #728, and the Continental Divide
Trail #813, near Trail Lake.