NF 520 – Rio Grande Reservoir & Headwaters

Total Miles
Plan with onX Offroad



Technical Rating

Best Time
Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This trail takes you up along the Rio Grande past its reservoir to the headwaters. There is beautiful scenery, campsites along the river and some of the best trout fishing to be had. It runs from Hwy 149 to the Kite Lake and Stony Pass trails. Takes about 2 - 2.5 hours to drive one way, longer if you make lots of stops. No cell service on most of trail.


Most of the road from 149 is a graded and maintained gravel road to the Ute Campground. After that, it gets a little tougher and rocky.

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