Santa Maria  
Maps:      
USGS 7.5' Map: Bristol Head, Workman Creek
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR 509 2.5 9,000 to 9,400 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Mineral
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Rio Grande National Forest
Divide Ranger District
13308 West Hwy 160
Del Norte, CO 81132
719-657-3321
Summary: A short easy spur road into the valley below Santa Maria Reservoir. Views of Bristol Head from below.
Attractions: Camping, Scenic views
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - March 14 to May 16
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in.
July - Best.
August - Best.
September - Best.
October - Best.
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are a few dispersed sites near Seepage Lake as well as some areas along the wide valley between Seepage Lake and Santa Maria Reservoir.
Base Camp: Not the best place to base camp as there are few roads in the area to explore.
Fall Colors: Poor - Few aspen in the area.
Navigation: From Creede, CO. head west on West 5th Street/West 6th Street toward Rio Grande Ave. for 318 feet. Turn left onto Rio Grande Ave. for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Colorado-149 North for 10.7 miles. Turn right onto US Forest Service Rd 509, the Santa Maria 4WD road.
History:  
Description:
The Santa Maria 4WD road is an easy road the leaves Hwy 149 and heads north through a valley below Santa Maria Reservoir. The road will pass through some gates and along private property before entering the national forest. Once on public lands the road will cross the creek and head to the left side of the valley into the trees. It will run up on a low ledge above lower Seepage LaKe, which may be dry, and then drop down into the valley again to cross the creek and head to the other side of the valley.

From here the valley widens out and the road takes you along the edge of upper Seepage Lake. After passing the lake the valley becomes a wide flat bottomed meadow with the road running up the center. There are a few spurs that go to some campsites along the way.

Once you come to the head of the valley the road will begin to climb up into the trees before coming to an end just before the Santa Maria Reservoir dam.
Data updated: December 28, 2013        4WD Road driven: July 27, 2010        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014