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Powderhorn Wilderness

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The lower elevations of Powderhorn Wilderness are characterized by sage-covered slopes and ponderosa pines that lead up into lush aspen stands. At higher elevations, shadowy spruce and fir forests give way to alpine tundra. The drainages of high alpine lakes, most notably Powderhorn Lakes and Devil's Lake, flow down wide, willow-filled valleys dotted with beaver ponds. Visitors can enjoy these stunning views while hiking or horseback riding, and the fishing and hunting here are also excellent. During the winter months, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities abound.

Field Office:  Gunnison

Total Area:  62,250 acres (47,980 acres BLM/14,270 acres USFS)
Trails:  45 miles
Elevation Range:  8,600 - 12,644 feet

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Winter sports
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • 5 trailheads
  • Backcountry campsites
  • Parking areas
  • Available in Gunnison and Lake City: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  To access Powderhorn Park Trailhead, Deer Lakes Cutoff Trail, Forest Service Trail #461, and Ten Mile Springs Road and Trailhead: from Gunnison, travel west on US-50 for nine miles. Turn left onto Colorado 149 and continue for 17 miles. Turn left onto County Road 27 and look for the trailheds. To access Powderhorn Lakes Trailhead: from Gunnison, travel west on US 50 for 14 miles, and then turn left onto County Road 58. To access Devil's Creek Trailhead: from Lake City, travel north on Colorado 149 for seven miles.

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About Powderhorn Wilderness

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