West Jefferson Trail

Area Status: Open

West Jefferson Trail goes up to the Continental Divide and an 11-mile loop can be accomplished using the Colorado Trail for the return trip from the Divide.

At a Glance

Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Jefferson
Water: Water is available at the campgrounds when the campgrounds are open.
Restroom: Toilets are available at the campgrounds when the campgrounds are open.
Information Center: South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031

General Information


From US Highway 285 at Jefferson, take County Road 35 north to County Road 37.  Pay the user fee at Jefferson Lake Recreation Area and continue on the road to either Lodgepole or Jefferson Creek Campground. 


It is difficult to access Jefferson Lake Recreation Area during the winter months.  The road to this site are not maintained for snow throughout the winter.


Parking is next to Jefferson Creek Campground.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
4.6 Miles