DescriptionReached via US 24, 50 and 285, and SRs 82, 91 and 165, San Isabel National Forest includes scenic and recreational features within its 1,109,782 acres. A network of roads makes most of the forest easily accessible. The Highway of Legends, starting at Trinidad and traveling through the Cucharas Pass, offers 82 miles of scenic driving on SR 12.
More than 700 miles of trails are available for backpacking and saddle trips into the back country. Twin Lake and Turquoise Lake recreation areas, near Leadville, and the Spanish Peaks National Natural Landmark, near La Veta, provide opportunities for summer activities and camping. Many easy, family-friendly hikes are available in the forest, including the San Carlos Trail near Beulah and the Wachob Trail near Colorado City.
Holy Cross, Mount Massive and Collegiate Peaks wildernesses are accessible by foot or horseback. Numerous ghost towns from Colorado's mining heyday dot the region.
Among the 17 peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in San Isabel National Forest is 14,433-foot Mount Elbert, highest in the state. The high mountain reaches afford summer range for deer, bears, elk, grouse, mountain sheep and turkeys.
For more information write the Forest Superintendent, San Isabel National Forest, 2840 Kachina Dr., Pueblo, CO 81008; phone (719) 553-1400.