Conejos River Trail

EASY 2 reviews

Conejos River Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near La Jara, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wildlife

muddy

snow

This short trail is used to get to the Middle Fork Conejos River Trail, North Fork Conejos River Trail, and El Rito Azul Trail - all of which connect you to the Continental Divide Trail. By combining three or more of these trails with the CDT, you can make an excellent backpacking loop 20 to 30 miles long. You'll need to cross the Conejos River and its tributaries several times so you'll need a good pair of sandals. The water is freezing! In June, the snow melt will make a small section of the trail very muddle and wet and you may need to cross over the water on top of fallen logs like we did. That bumps of the difficulty of this trail considerably as you need good balance. This meadow is also used by a rancher to open graze around 200 head of cattle. The cattle cause a lot of trail damage sadly.

fly fishing
3 months ago

Used this trail to access the middle fork. I wanted to make it up to Lake Ann but wasn't able to go all the way up due to a afternoon thunder storm. Lower part of the trail is in pretty good condition although there are a few deadfalls that you have to go around. Lots of water still so the trail is muddy in places but there are a lot of neat little waterfalls. The upper trail intersects with a lot of animal paths but is still fairly easy to follow. The water fall was pretty neat. Fishing access is pretty good along the entire trail but is most accessible before you get to the three forks split.

backpacking
3 months ago

This short trail is mainly used to get to the Middle Fork Conejos Trail, North Fork Conejos Trail, and El Rito Azul Trail - which in turn provide access to the Continental Divide Trail - in the South San Juan Wilderness. It's very popular with fly fisherman and for good reason.

In June 2016, while the Middle and North Fork Conejos trails had too much snow and the CDT was not accessible without snow shoes, this section of the trail was perfect. There's a very excellent camp sight at the confluence of the Middle Fork Conejos and North Fork Conejos that I highly recommend!!