Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail

Area Status: Open

Rough and Tumbling Trail, also known as Tumble Creek Trail, provides access to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. It connects with Rich Creek and Salt Creek Trail offering the hiker opportunities for making their own loops. 

Only a small portion of this trail runs outside of the wilderness area, so leave your bicycle at home.

At a Glance

Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns: Fairplay, Colorado
Water: Water is available at Weston Pass Campground when the campground is open.
Restroom: Toilets are available at Weston Pass Campground when the campground is open.
Information Center: South Park Ranger District (719) 836-2031

General Information


1.  From Fairplay, follow US Highway 285 south to County Road 22 and turn right.  Follow County Road 22 for about eight miles to the Rich Creek Trailhead.  Hike south for Rough and Tumbling Trail.

2.  From Buena Vista, follow County Road 371 north to County Road 375 to Forest Road 375.  The trail begins at Four Mile Trailhead.


The trail is open year round; however, access may be difficult during the winter months.


River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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  Area/Length : 
11.3 Miles