Located in the southern San Juans, the Weminuche Wilderness
is the largest wilderness area in Colorado.
A popular route into the wilderness from Pagosa Springs is Piedra Road. This 20 mile well-maintained gravel road follows Piedra River
and Williams Creek
before reaching Williams Creek Road
, which leads you to the reservoir
The nearby Bridge, Teal
, and Cimarrona campgrounds are often considered among the best in Colorado..
In the area, there is an abundance of aspen
and spruce, and a number of hiking trails that lead up into the Weminuche Wilderness.
From Durango, take Highway 160 east 60 miles to Pagosa Springs. Turn left onto Piedra Road and travel north 20 miles. Piedra Road becomes a well-maintained gravel road after the first few paved miles. Turn right onto Williams Creek Road to access the campgrounds, reservoir and trailheads.
8,300 feet (Williams Creek Reservoir).
San Juan National Forest