Few landscapes in Colorado are as distinct as the one carved from ancient volcanic tuff (compacted ash) in Wheeler Geologic Area. This route depicts the trail by boot or horseback from East Bellows Trailhead to the formations, feasible as a day trip with preparation and an early enough start. An alternative is the 14 mile drive along FSR 600, a rough stretch only passable by high clearance 4x4 or ATV when it is open.
Bring a tent and plan to spend the night if you’d like to take a slower pace – dispersed camping is allowed outside the geologic area itself. Stay clear of any dead trees, which may be at risk of falling without warning.
- Out & Back
- Horseback Riding
Camping and restroom facilities are available here. This is a good campsite for horses. Click here for the trailhead page and official URL for more detail.