North Fork Crestone Trail # 747

Area Status: Open

The North Fork Crestone Trail is 8.5 miles long. It begins at Forest Trail #744 and Loop Trail #746 and ends at Forest Boundary/Hermit Pass. Additional trails that can be accessed from the North Fork Crestone Trail include: #745, #749, #858 and #859.

The trail functions as a tie-in between the North Crestone and Cotton Creek drainages, running above timberline in the Sangre de Cristos.  Circuit routes with other trails for extended stay.  Some areas are difficult for horse travel.

The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Viewing Scenery and Dispersed Camping

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Crestone, CO

General Information


From Alamosa, take Hwy 17 north to Moffat, take County Road T east to Crestone. In Crestone, at the intersection of Galena and Alder Streets, take Alder Street north 1.3 miles to the campground, Trailhead #744 begins at the east end of the campground. Its about 2 miles to trail # 747.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

The Rio Grande National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map highlights areas where cross-country motor vehicle use is allowed within 300 feet of roads solely for the purpose of dispersed camping. Please follow Leave No Trace principles when camping on public lands, including: Travel and camp on durable sufaces, dispose of waste properly, be considerate of other campers. Use only certified weed-free hay or pelletized feed for livestock. Dispersed camping not allowed at North Crestone Trailhead.

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
9760 - 13,040