Trail Name: South Sinbad Valley Trail
Best Use: Hiking
Best Time for Use: Spring, Summer and Fall. Possible Winter during warm, dry periods
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner icon-beginner
Length: 5.8 miles (9.3 km) out and back from the trailhead
Start Elevation: 5,720 ft (1,744 m) Maximum Elev: 1,080 ft, (329 m) gain – 0 ft. (-0 m) loss
Trail Surface and Use: 4WD road from the trailhead for the first 1.5 mile (2.4 km), then an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) road for another mile (1.6 km) then a single path trail for the remaining distance to the half-way point. Lightly used.
Trail Head Access: Suitable for high clearance 2WD in good weather or 4WD in poor weather. Extended wet weather will make vehicle access difficult. The trailhead is about 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from the intersection of the Salt Creek Rd (7.2 Rd) and CO Hwy 141. Stay on the main dirt road headed south. Follow the signs for public access to the trailhead, which also doubles as a campsite.
Trail Head Coordinates: 676,455E; 4,262,035N UTM WGS84 Zone12
Best Feature: A good glimpse of a poorly known collapsed salt anticline. Excellent forest transition from pinion pine-juniper through to oakbrush-douglas fir along as the trail ascends. At the south facing turnaround saddle, ponderosa pine becomes dominate.
Cautions: None.


Description: The trail starts out following a good 4WD road, there are some old copper-uranium prospects at the first fork marked with a “Dead End” sign. Take the left fork and continue along the main road, where it passes by a few more copper prospects before the road transitions to a path at the 2.5 mile (4.0 km) mark. The path ascends to the turnaround saddle. At the saddle, an uninventoried trail continues south to Sinbad Ridge, or one can turn east to connect with the Sewemup Mesa trail after about 3 miles (4.8 km) of cross-country travel through a Bureau of Land Management Wilderness Study Area. Don’t underrate this trail because a good portion is a 4WD or ATV road. The area is remote, very lightly used and the opportunity to see signs of wildlife is very good.