Ute Pass  
USGS 7.5' Map: Kondike Mine, Graveyard Gulch
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR842, FR852, Cnty 46Aa 6.8 9,944 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Saguache
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Rio Grande National Forest,
Saguache Ranger District
46525 State Highway 114
Saguache, CO 81149
Summary: Ute Pass is an easy pass north of Saguache. It quickly climbs the side of Saguache Peak and crosses over to Kerber Creek which heads east to Villa Grove.
Attractions: Scenery
Agency - March 15 to May 15
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Best, possible early snow
Trail Heads
Camping: There is little camping on the southwest side of the pass. The northwest has a few dispersed sites. Be aware of the private property in the area.
Base Camp: Ute Pass would not be the best place to base camp. There are other roads in the area to explore, but access in and out will cross private.
Fall Colors: Good - The northeast side of Ute Pass has the most aspen trees below the pass.
Navigation: From Saguache, CO head west on Colorado Hwy 114 for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Cnty Road 46Aa. Stay to the left and continue on Cnty Road 46Aa for 4.4 miles. Stay with Cnty 46Aa, Ute Pass Road, as you enter the Rio Grande National Forest.

From Villa Grove, CO head north on US Hwy 285 for 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Cnty Road Ll56. After 7.8 miles turn left onto Cnty Road Hh50 and go 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Cnty Road 46Aa, the Ute Pass road.
Ute Pass divides Ute Creek to the north and Findley Gulch to the south. Ute Pass begins north of Saguache below Saguache Peak. After crossing the flat scrub lowlands along Cnty Road 46Aa you will head northeast and begine to climb into the forest. Forest Road 842 continues the climb to the top of Ute Pass. One section of ledge road will give you views of the northern part of the San Luis Valley.

At the top of Ute Pass the road number changes to FR852 as you cross the ridge on Saguache Peak. On the northeast side of the pass the terrain closes in more. The pines give way to more aspen and the road works its way down Ute Creek then to Kerber Creek.

Along the way you will pass through private property, stay on the main road and travel responsibly.
Data updated - April 9, 2016     4WD Road driven September 5, 2011     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2016