How to get to High camp

15 Miles from Telluride, CO

To parking at Cross Mountain Trail Head


2 Mile Hike | Ski | jog

From Cross Mountain Parking to High Camp

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Where are you coming From?

Montrose Airport / Telluride

From Montrose 2 hours will get you to High Camp. Need a day or 2 to acclimate first? The town of Telluride has plenty of things to do while getting you used to the altitude. The second favorite goes to Ouray for all your rock/ice climbing and hiking dreams.

Winter: Driving South on hwy 145 from Telluride, your turn off will be 2 miles after Lizard Head Pass. Also after Sheep Mountain Elevation sign - First parking turn off on right. Cross Mountain Trail Head in google maps. NO CELL SERVICE HERE!

Summer: Driving south Hwy 145 from Telluride, 1.9 miles after Lizard Head pass first dirt turn off on LEFT. Turn is on a large right hand bend in the road so be alert for LEFT TURN.



Flying in to this San Juan Mountain town has its perks and we highly recommend to spend an extra day to see it. From here is only 1.5 hours to High Camps Parking up through Dolores and Rico (hwy 160 to 145)


Winter: Once through Rico heading north on HWY 145 look for Cross Mountain Trail Head on google. Turn off will be on LEFT. NO CELL SERVICE HERE.

Summer: Parking area is the second dirt road turn off on RIGHT - after East Fork Trail Head sign. If you’ve gone to Lizard Head Pass you’ve gone to far and its 2 miles behind you.

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Additional arrival information



  • Ask us for additional information at booking in comment section

  • Take the road access from parking lot unless experience in the area with proper navigation for backcountry travel. Road leads all the way to the cabin - stay on and you won’t get lost.

  • Plan to arrive on time if you have hauling needs

  • Ask HC Staff for hiking directions before arrival

  • Pack soft bags preferably backpacks under 40lbs if hauling in

  • Park close to each other in the winter towards West side of parking lot so snow plow can move snow around you

  • Bring TIPS for your haulers if they do a great job ;)


  • DON’T Enter the backcountry off the road without proper backcountry gear, preparedness, navigation and knowledge!

  • DON’T Show up late without contacting us first

  • DON’T Get close to HC without google maps or navigation going THERE IS NO CELL SERVICE ON THE HWY OR AT PARKING OF HC

  • DON’T Leave food or valuables in the car - WE HAVE BEARS!

  • DON’T Go up to HC on an unspecified date not on your booking

  • DON’T Leave windshield wipers down - put them up to help you when you arrive back

  • DON’T Leave anything you want in your cars, its a long round trip back to the car

  • DON’T leave HC dirty - we rely on you for cleanliness for next guests

  • DON’T Forget your camera - you’ll wish you had it!


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