Stone Quarry   to 
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USGS 7.5' Map: Del Norte
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 to Extreme 9 BLM 5124,5125,5126
5135,5136,5138,5139
About 6 7,850 to 8,300 ft. Many 1 hour to All day
County: Rio Grande
Adopted by:      
Managed by: BLM
San Luis Valley Field Office
1313 E. Hwy. 160
Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
719-655-2547
Summary: The Stone Quarry is a network of roads that cover an area with shallow canyons and hills. There are the remains of two quarries to visit. There are multiple obstacles and short hill climbs in the area of varying difficulty.
Attractions: History, Extreme Challenge
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Best
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Many un-numbered mountain bike trails in the area.
Camping: Unknown
Base Camp: Not a good area to base camp. Few other 4WD roads in the area.
Fall Colors: None - The Stone Quarry area has pinon and juniper trees.
Navigation: From Del Norte, CO. head east on US-160 E for 5.2 miles. Turn to the right onto BLM 5124 and go 0.20 miles to the turn around by the private shooting range.

From Monte Vista, CO. head west on US-160 W for 8.4 miles. Turn to the left onto BLM 5124 and go 0.20 miles to the turn around by the private shooting range.
History:
Description:
The road to the Stone Quarry area passes a private shooting range just off of Highway 160. Follow the road beyond the turn around loop toward a low spot between two hills. There will be a few spur roads along the way. As you pass through the low area you will come to a fence line. Past the fence line the road will 'Y'. The left road will head up a creek bed toward the old stone quarry. The right road will follow power lines below a ridge. Both of these roads connect back together forming a large triangle with connector roads between them. These main connection roads are two track roads and are not difficult.
The road to the Stone Quarry

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Adam M

The old stone quarry has two pits, one visible from the road, the other is just to the west and is the larger working. Be aware that the stone quarry has sheer walls. Watch your kids.
Stone Quarry

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Adam M

Stone Quarry

photo by:
Adam M

The road will continue past the stone quarry over a hill to another low valley. It will eventually come to a fence at private property. From here there is a faint road that climbs a hill back toward the stone quarry.

After passing the stone quarry on your way back look for a left turn at an intersection. This road will cross an open area and pass a much smaller quarry. It will come to another intersection as you look to the north at private property along Hwy 160. The road to the right will take you back to the first intersection at the fence line. Along this trangle loop are spur roads that go to obstacles ranging from moderate to extreme rock wall climbs.
Moderate obstable

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Adam M

Moderate obstable

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Brian M

Moderate obstable

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Joyce M

Moderate obstable

photo by:
Joyce M

Data updated - November 18, 2015        4WD Road driven - July 22, 2015        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2015