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Wheeler Geologic Area

Creede, CO
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Truly A Unique Place!

We backpacked the 7mi hike through the Rio Grande National Forest and camped right at the Wheeler... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Arvada, Colorado
Can be a challenge but Worth It!

Wheeler is not for the weak of adventure. It is a solid 2 plus hour high clearance 4x4 or 1:45... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Plano, Texas
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This remote area can be reached by mountain bike, hiking trail or in a four wheel drive vehicle.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“mile hike” (5 reviews)
“bumpy ride” (3 reviews)
“leave early” (3 reviews)
Creede, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We backpacked the 7mi hike through the Rio Grande National Forest and camped right at the Wheeler boundary. The hike itself is fairly mild with some up and down along the way. A few beautiful spots on the trail but somewhat monotonous at times. Once...More

3  Thank jrog9832
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wheeler is not for the weak of adventure. It is a solid 2 plus hour high clearance 4x4 or 1:45 minute ATX trip one way to Wheeler. I highly recommend either going very early or planning to campout over night so you can spend most...More

1  Thank bvmoon
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This place is beautiful but you have to earn it. We did it in one day and we are not extreme hikers. We drove to the top of the mountain and spent the night so we could get an early start. Woke up at sunrise...More

1  Thank farinafitch
Reviewed 31 December 2016

We were caught at Wheeler by an early afternoon storm. Temperature dropped 30 degrees and it rained and sleeted. Of course this is good advice for any high altitude hike in Colorado.

Thank Sambo L
Reviewed 15 December 2016

HIGH CLEARANCE 4-wheel drive !!! Your Subaru Outback won't cut it. HEARTY souls may choose to hike it, but this would be a SUBSTANTIAL day-long trek at nearly 9,000 ft above sea level. Even in a four-wheel drive, 14 miles in, then 14 miles out...More

3  Thank Michael F
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Words can not do this trip justice. Pulled the rented 4 wheeler 10 miles up to Hansen's Mill. (Could have parked close to the highway and ridden up.) Rode the trail from Hansen's Mill to the parking spot, then hiked the trail to the rocks....More

1  Thank JoJo-n-Harlen
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We were a little anxious because of things we had read but we rode our Canam side by side and had no problem.It is a little rough and could get slick if wet but it was no problem for us.I wouldn't take a vehicle up...More

Thank susanL2709SP
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I did this hike, starting in the afternoon knowing that I would get within a mile of the formations that day. I set up a simple tent and camped that night, and checked out the formations in the morning. They are as awesome as everyone...More

Thank Jackson S
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Allow at least 9 - 10 hours for this scenic hike beginning at Hanson Mills, go prepared. We met several horseback riders but no other hikers.

2  Thank Bob M
Reviewed 2 September 2016

It is a long day hike ( appx. 17 miles) but very scenic and the formations were very interesting. We did not see any one else on the trail all day. No four wheelers either. Weather was not the best so that probably kept folks...More

2  Thank Joanne P
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20 July 2017|
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Response from bvmoon | Reviewed this property |
I have never Hiked in. I have always gone by jeep or 4 wheeler. Even on 4 wheeler, I would suggest staying over night if possible just so you have plenty of time to explore the area. Our last trip we did on 4 wheelers and we... More
Macquesten G
24 April 2016|
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Response from Shawndev | Reviewed this property |
Also early June could still be wet up there. It's a rough enough trail without running into bogs. I'd say late June through Aspen turning season.