Starvation Creek Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Starvation Creek Trail is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Villa Grove, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.2 miles 2158 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running




Local legend has it that the creek got its name when an early fall blizzard trapped a local rancher's cattle. When the local cowhands got through the heavy snow, they found that all of the cattle had starved to death in the deep snow. Hence, the name "Starvation Creek". This is a pretty trail and a easy hike that winds up to the Continental Divide for 6.5 miles. The last .5 miles of the trail turns into a two-track road before it reaches the top of the Divide.

9 months ago

Starvation creek was amazing! We were literally the only people on the whole trail yesterday. It is pristine, beautiful, and a fairly easy hike.
We forgot big spray and regretted it as there were tons of ticks -- make sure to bring some! Also, use a 4x4 or AWD SUV to get there- road is rough.

1 year ago

Short hike with a beautiful view. The first part parallels i-84 for a while then cuts up. Pretty steep going down, not difficult but may be harder with little kids or if it's wet out.

mountain biking
2 years ago

Starvation creek is a great alternative to the silver creek descent. Its prehistoric feeling, tight in spots winding through trees, and fast. This is a must do option after riding the "classic" monarch crest trail. The only bummer is you miss out on rainbow trail but its quicker if your pressed for time for some reason. Bottom line........ Do it.