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Italian Creek, Reno Divide

Popular recreation area with lots of options for connecting routes.

Total Miles

27

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Elevation
12,030'
Duration
3 to 5 Hours
Technical Rating
6 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Italian Creek, Reno Divide
Plan on spending some time in this popular recreation area with lots of great rides and options for alternative routes. Visit American Flag Mountain for beautiful views. The connecting Reno Divide is very remote, so plan accordingly. Lots of great camping opportunities along the trail. If Cement Creek is closed (typically March to May) use Reno Ridge Road to access Taylor River Road.
History
As mining boomed in Aspen, Crested Butte and Taylor Park in the early 1880s, roads connecting these areas were needed. Taylor Pass Road provided Aspen with access to Taylor Park, but it didn’t help Crested Butte. Consequently, a road over Reno Divide was built soon after Taylor Pass. Both roads soon became obsolete when railroad service reached Aspen and Crested Butte. One hundred thirty years later, the roads remain open for recreational use. The 3-part loop of Trails 32, 33 and 34 remains one of the best 4WD trips in the USA.
Getting There
From Taylor Park Reservoir: Take Taylor River Road, F.S. 742, north from reservoir about 12 miles and turn left on Italian Creek Road, F.S. 759. If you reach Dorchester Campground, you’ve gone too far. From Crested Butte: About 7 miles south of Crested Butte on Hwy. 135, head north on Cement Creek Road.
Contact for Current Conditions
Gunnison N.F.
Gunnison R.D.
(970) 641-0471