Alvarado Road - CR 140

Total Miles
1.8

Elevation

2,786.48 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Located just outside the town of Westcliffe, Colorado, this overland-style trail offers spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Alvarado Road- CR 140 is a maintained, dirt and rock trail that offers access to numerous Hiking, Equestrian, and ATV trails including the Rainbow, Comanche, and Venable Lakes Trails.

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Alvarado Road - CR 140
Alvarado Road - CR 140

Difficulty

Alvarado Road is a rocky dirt road easily accessed by 4wd and 2wd vehicles. While not challenging, this is still a great drive for anyone wanting to see epic mountain views while driving through the San Isabel National Forest.

History

Unique Feature: For centuries, the UTE tribes of the Native Americans have settled in Custer County. As you navigate this trail you may notice trees marked by strange bends or missing bark. These trees, scarred and trained hundreds of years ago are still alive today. A tree with a 30 degree bend is known to mark the way for the trail while a 90 degree bend would dignify a burial site. Trees with medicinal properties were marked by stripping their bark. Be sure to keep a lookout for these interesting features while in the area.

Technical Rating

1

Status Reports

Shannon Moore
Nov 21, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Closed Gate
Ed Vin
Jun 16, 2023
Dirt Bike
Open
Normal

Access Description

From Main Street in Westcliffe Colorado, take South 6th Street (Highway 69)and make a left on Schoolfield Road (County Road 140.) Follow signs for the Alpine Lodge. At the dead end, make a left to continue on Schoolfield Road and follow to Alvarado Trail Sign and first waypoint.

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