Rocky Mountains

Wolf Creek Trail

Where The Highway Meets the Wilderness

The summit of Wolf Creek Pass is one of the snowiest places in Colorado during the winter. During the summer, it’s one of the most scenic. The famous overlook on the west side offers you a chance to be swarmed by panhandling Steller’s Jays, while swifts and swallows wheel in huge flocks overhead. South of the pass lie the South San Juan mountains, one of Colorado’s least visited ranges, where the subalpine spruce-fir forest stretches for miles along nearly-deserted logging roads and untraveled hiking trails, serenaded by the lovely warble of Pine Grosbeaks during the day and the haunting tremolo of the Boreal Owl late at night. There is a vast wilderness here open to wildlife-and open to you, if you choose.