Embargo Creek Trail # 792

Area Status: Open

The Embargo Creek Trail is 5.9 miles long. It begins at Cathedral Campground and travels up Embargo Creek to trail 787 at the top of Mesa Mountain.

This trail follows a drainage towards Mesa Mountain. Views from 13,000 foot Mesa Mountain are spectacular. There are many possible loops and trails from Embargo Creek Trail. Read about Fremont's expedition for historical information.

This is a single track trail open to Motorcycles, Foot and Horse Travel

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Open Season: Mid-May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No Jeeps, No ATV's
Closest Towns: Del Norte, CO, South Fork, CO
Water: Cathedral CG
Restroom: Cathedral CG
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Directions from Del Norte, Colorado: Travel 8.75 miles west on U.S. Highway 160. Take Embargo Creek access road east for 5.0 miles to Forest Road # 650. Take FR # 650 north for 3.0 miles to FR # 640 west/northwest 7.0 miles to campground entrance. Go past the campground another mile to the trailhead. From South Fork, CO, take US 160 east 5.3 miles to Embargo Creek Rd. and County Rd. 18 signs. Turn left onto Rd. 18 and go 1.4 miles to a "T" intersection (County Rd. 15). Turn right onto Rd. 15 and go 0.3 miles to another "T" intersection (County Rd. 65) Turn left onto Rd. 65 and go 3.2 miles to "Y" intersection (Forest Rd. 640/650). Bear left onto Rd. 640 (dirt, single lane with no turnouts) 7.6 miles to campground sign. Travel another mile north to the trail head.

Recreation Map

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Mountain Biking

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

Big Game Hunting

Difficulty Level: Moderate

OHV Trail Riding


Difficulty Level: Moderate


Camping trailer: Cathedral CG
Picnic tables: Cathedral CG
Tent camping: Cathedral Campground
Parking: Cathedral CG
Toilets: Cathedral CG
Drinking water: Memorial weekend through Labor day

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  Area/Length : 
5.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
8500 - 12500