Sharkstooth Pass Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mancos, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.
To access the trail head you must drive 4-5 miles on a moderately difficult 4-wheel drive road. Street vehicles likely cannot make it, and only attempt this road in dry weather. The hike begins at the parking area (room for about twenty vehicles). You first pass a rock fall area and then enter an alpine forest. The trail is basically uphill from the beginning and is a series of switchbacks primarily in the forest. As you approach the pass you will leave the tree line and traverse an alpine tundra region before gaining the pass itself. Be prepared for a lot of wind and brisk temperatures at the pass. The hike up is 3-4 hours at a leisurely pace allowing time for sight seeing, photography and rest stops. The return trip is quicker since it is all down hill.