Saints John

The views are amazing at the top of this fun climb.

Total Miles
6.4
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
3820.04

Duration
2 to 3

Technical Rating
5/10

Best Time
Summer/Fall

Trail Overview

There are a lot of different activities offered on this cool trail. Take in the views, see mountain goats, visit historic buildings, hike or just relax in an amazing setting. There is a large network of trails to take here as well. ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes are great for this area. Open May 21 to November 22.

Difficulty

Difficult: Very steep with loose rock in places. Experienced drivers in aggressive stock SUVs can do it in direction described here. Low-range gearing a must. Differential lockers recommended to drive in reverse direction.

History

The town of Saints John was active during the 1870s and early 1880s. Even before the silver crash of 1893, the town had gone under. Foundations of a large mill still remain at the site. A restored private cabin you pass was originally the house of the mine supervisor. The company that owned the mine didn't allow saloons, so miners headed down the hill to Montezuma, which had many saloons and brothels. Wild Irishman Mine was never more than a camp and was active in the 1870s.

Access Description

Get off Route 6 at east end of Keystone Ski Area following signs to Montezuma Road. (See map detail of exit.) Head south on Montezuma Road 5.2 miles where pavement ends. Continue into town of Montezuma on dirt road to Saints John Road on right (F.S. 275).

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