09/06/21 – 09/08/21
This 2 night 3-day adventure will take us high into some of the most pristine and remote wilderness Colorado has to offer. The South San Juans are way less frequented than their more popular neighboring mountains to the north. The lofty Continental Divided trail runs through the heart of this rugged country as it makes its way south into the land of enchantment. In destinations such as these, it is likely to see more wildlife than humans. This is wilderness at its best as the landscape defines the meaning. Man is clearly just a visitor.
This adventure will take off from Santa Fe, meaning one will need to arrange their travel plans accordingly. We will make our way north quickly passing through any remaining congested areas and into the vastness of the northwestern part of this state. The drive alone is majestic enough. Once through the small village of Chama, we will climb high into the South San Juans reaching Cumbres and La Manga passes. A drop down to the Conejos valley and a winding scenic road will take us to our starting point just past the impressive Platoro reservoir. From the Three Forks trailhead, we will follow the upper Conejos river through inviting meadows and up gradual terrain to our camp just a few miles in. We will establish a base camp in this mountain paradise where we will be for the next two nights.
Because of the way this trip is structured we will have the ability to leave the brunt of our gear behind and day hike up into the mesmerizing high country. From camp, we will climb up the well-established trail into the upper basins of this vast drainage. After a few miles of consistent climbing, we will meet with the Continental Divide Trail. Here we will follow the scenic route over a high mountain pass into the opposing drainage. Once we arrive we’ll make a well-deserved descent into another vast basin. This will loop us right back to camp, making for a perfect circuit in a seldom-visited land. The terrain and breathtaking landscape will stay in your memory bank which will be something you will always be able to reflect on. This is truly one of the most special places on this planet.
We will have a casual departure back to the trailhead. The drive home will provide many opportunities to visit spots we passed by on the way in. The peaceful roads of northern New Mexico provide a nice easy adjustment back into civilization after several days away. The beautiful city of Santa Fe awaits.