Wolf Creek Pass, Treasure Falls, Lobo Scenic Overlook…Wildflowers at 10,000+ Feet

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We spent some time looking at the calendar, brochures and websites, figuring out how much time we have left before we need to head home. (We have a weeklong date with our kids and grandkids at Tybee Beach, Georgia in August!) We are thinking about spending a few days exploring the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Montrose, CO (I know nothing about this park) and the Pikes Peak area near Colorado Springs before heading to Denver, and Rocky Mountain NP. We have decided there is so much to do and see here, that we will need to return and thoroughly explore Colorado!

After lunch, we headed out to Wolf Creek Pass traveling east on Hwy 160 from Pagosa Springs. “Wolf Creek Pass, way up on the Great Divide…” Just hearing the name of the pass puts me in mind of this song by CJ McCall, and we played it twice going over Wolf Creek Pass. Transports me right back to the 70s…

We drove through lush, green valleys, tall trees, mountains… beautiful country.

We stopped at Treasure Falls, a waterfall located about 15 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs, CO on Hwy 160. The waterfall is partially visible at a distance from the parking lot. There is a short and moderately steep trail that gains about 300 feet in elevation, and takes about 15 minutes. The trail takes you to the base of the falls, where there is a footbridge that affords excellent views. A switchback trail takes hikers closer to the pool at the bottom, where you can feel the spray of the falls after the water plunges 105 feet from Fall Creek…
Treasure Falls, Colorado - image from Google Images

Treasure Falls, Colorado – image from Google Images – photo taken from footbridge at base of falls

When we arrived in the parking lot of Treasure Falls, we were disappointed to find the trail closed to hiking, with no explanation. Bummer. We haven’t seen many waterfalls this trip…

We continued on curvy mountain roads, through tunnels and snow sheds towards Lobo Scenic Overlook and Wolf Creek Pass. We usually stop for Historic Markers (unless we have the caboose and there is no room to pull over.) I saw a sign for a Historic Marker and it turned out to be the Continental Divide and several signs. There were historic photos and a history about the road to Wolf Creek Pass…and Wolf Creek Pass, elevation 10,015 feet.

We decided to take a hike on the Continental Divide Trail, and it started out in a meadow, crossing a stream, and moved into the woods. The whole trail was surrounded by all kinds of wildflowers. We didn’t hike long, but had a wonderful time in the woods.

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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6 Responses to Wolf Creek Pass, Treasure Falls, Lobo Scenic Overlook…Wildflowers at 10,000+ Feet

  1. Enjoyed this post. Sorry you missed the waterfall. If you have time don’t miss Pike’s Peak. Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a great place to stay with full hook ups and big sites. We loved the drive up Pike’s Peak even though the road was closed near the top because of bad weather (it was May). You would also like Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. We only stayed 2 nights and had plenty of time to do both.


    • Holly Ritger says:

      I will make a note about Cheyenne SP, thanks Beth. We basically had a very rainy/stormy weekend here. We learned one has to make reservations several days in advance for the cog railway; it hailed heavily on the road to Pike’s Peak today and the road was closed for several hours while they plowed it! We did manage to go to the grocery store and do laundry today!


  2. Ingrid says:

    Yep, to truly explore all Colorado has to offer, one would need a full summer or more likely a couple of summers. We have a reservation within Rocky Mtn NP August 15th and I can’t wait. Aren’t all the wildflowers just lovely?


    • Holly Ritger says:

      The wildflowers are beautiful, Ingrid, and so unexpected! I had no expectations about blooms and have enjoyed them thoroughly : ) Enjoy Rocky Mountain NP… We are heading there next and I fervently hope the drenching rains are over!


  3. Holly Ritger says:

    Thanks, Beth… We are safe, and high and dry in a new campsite in Golden, CO. The campground is set on a hill and our site is not at the bottom! We should drain well during the heavy rains forecast for here the next couple days or more.


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