Shirley Site Trailhead


Shirley Site is located off of Highway 285 and County Road 200 just below Poncha Pass. Shirley got its name during the 1880's when it served as a busy construction camp for men building the Denver and Rio Grande rail line over Marshall Pass to the ore-rich mines in Gunnison. By summer of 1881, Shirley boasted 14 large business tents, most of which were saloons and dance halls.

Little remains of the town of Shirley except the coal stained railbed that can be seen just north of the Shirley site parking area.

Shirley Site is a popular staging area for OHV riders and mountain bikers during the summer months and snowmobilers during winter. For detailed information and maps of this area, please contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Permit Info: Special use permits are required for all commercial activities including outfitting and guiding. For more information, please contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or stop by our office at 325 W. Rainbow Blvd., (Hwy 50) in Salida, CO.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Year round
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping and fires are not permitted at the trailhead!
Closest Towns: Poncha Springs and Salida, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Salida Ranger District

General Information


The restroom at Shirley Site can accomodate wheelchairs.


From Poncha Springs, travel 5 miles south on Highway 285 to County Road 200 which is located on the right side of the highway. Turn right on CR 200 and travel southwest for 2.2 miles to Shirley site. The parking area and restroom are located on the left side of the road just past the information kiosk.


Parking is available for 15-20 vehicles. Please park in the gravel area provided and stay off of the wetlands areas around the site.

General Notes:

Dispersed camping is NOT allowed at Shirley Site Trailhead, but it is allowed in areas located near Poncha Creek, Silver Creek and off the Marshal Pass road. Motorized vehicles are allowed only on routes designated on National Forest Motor Vehicle Use maps and those not signed for closure.


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