Indian Creek Pass


Indian Creek Pass - Costilla / Huerfano Counties - Colorado - 9,600 feet
North Fork of Indian Creek to west. South Middle Creek to east.

Southwest of La Veta.
From the east, via CR-420, CR-421, FR-410.
From the west, Forbes Park Rd (private).
Dirt - dual sport

photos by Karst Postma, 9/29/2012


At the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit.

Garmin map

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photos by Curtis Kohl, 7/22/2011


At the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit.

Notes from Karst:
Shu and I found Indian Pass last week. The road starts out good, but gets progressively worse. There were two places where it was advisable for me to get of my 1150 to check out the route to take before committing myself to a steep rocky section. Shu had less problems with his DR650.
Curtis describes two possible locations for the pass. We saw both:
N37 27 12.7 W105 09 59.1 this location is geographically possibly the exact location, but it is located in a field not on a road.
N37 27 26.8 W105 09 28.7 this location is on the road. The road actually runs on a ridge for about 1/8 of a mile, so the pass location is not exact. I believe this is the one to use.

From Huerfano County, Colorado, History, contributed by Louise Adams:
La Veta was yet another of those towns located on an Indian trail. The Utes, and, earlier, the Comanches, were fond of mineral baths at the old Sulphur Springs southwest of town. They used Indian Creek Pass to reach the San Luis Valley and both Cucharas and Apishapa Passes to get to the Purgatory. The sheltered Cuchara Valley was a favorite hunting area and the lush grass and abundant water made for excellent camping. Several well-used Indian campsites were within several miles radius of the town.




Recognized in "The Passes of Colorado, An Encylopedia of Watershed Divides" by Ed Helmuth & Gloria Helmuth.
Is not included in United States Board on Geographic Names.


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