Horn Creek Trailhead


Range: Sangre de Cristo
Coordinates: 38.05226, -105.5359
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Road Difficulty

2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)

Driving Directions

From the intersection of CO Highways 69 and 96 in Westcliffe, drive south on CO 69 for 3.4 miles and turn right (west) on Schoolfield Road. After 1.7 miles, turn left (south) on CR 129. Continue nearly 2.0 miles and turn right (west) on Horn Creek Road (CR 130). Drive 2.4 miles to reach the Horn Creek Ranch. Turn right and drive 0.5 mile to the marked trailhead and large parking area, at 9,100'.

Winter Access

Status Updates 
Posted By: angry
Info: Dry to th.
Posted By: Reg0928
Info: I was able to make it to the first Rainbow Trail TH about .25 miles from the actual Horn Creek TH. Deep drifts after that. I busted through the first one in my Tacoma, but decided I’d rather spend my day hiking than digging my truck out so I turned around. Rainbow Trail parking area was frozen and dry in the morning, but had turned into a mud hole by the afternoon
Posted By: hogantheepic
Info: Packed and plowed paved 2wd road
Posted By: angry
Info: Snow packed, easy 2wd
Posted By: sdkeil
Info: Road is snow covered in some areas, but trailhead still accessible by car.
Posted By: CaptCO
Info: Dry to the TH. Bathrooms still locked even though the sign says until April 30th. Trail ran up to 10.3k or so on Rainbow where snow showed up
Posted By: Tornadoman
Info: Well maintained dirt road to the winter trailhead which is only a bit below the normal summer access. Easy in any vehicle. A trail leaves directly from this th and intersects the Horn Creek Spur trail which then leads to the Rainbow Trail.
Posted By: angry
Info: Summer conditions. Easy 2wd, large parking area. Bathroom open.
Posted By: RWinters
Info: About 8 of snow at TH. Snow packed and passable for 4wd. 2wd parked about .25 miles lower on road.
Posted By: WildWanderer
Info: 2WD paved road was icy but open to all vehicles if you take it slow. Parking lot had about 3 inches of snow on the ground. The bathrooms are locked for the season.
Posted By: Tcms22
Info: Road is completely dry. A few small snow patches in the shady campgrounds at the th
Posted By: JasonKline
Info: Dry. My Elantra had no problem, so any vehicle can make it.
Posted By: My-Therapy
Info: Dry and in good condition for any vehicle to make it.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Open and dry. 2WD
Posted By: geojed
Info: Plowed to Horn Creek Spur TH which is w/in 1/4 mi of official Horn Creek TH parking lot.
Posted By: AndYouSeeMe
Info: This trailhead is accessible by passenger car in the winter. It is paved for almost the entire way and paved all the way to the TH, which is the plow turnaround. Plenty of people live along the road so it gets regular plow attention.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Open and dry

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