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Bennett Peak

Bennett Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.48300°N / 106.433°W

Object Title: Bennett Peak

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 13203 ft / 4024 m


Page By: streeyyr

Created/Edited: Sep 9, 2005 / Mar 14, 2007

Object ID: 154639

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Bennett Peak is located in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, and is the highest point in Rio Grande County. Bennett Peak is located in the Rio Grande National Forest, and rises almost a vertical mile above the scenic San Luis Valley. It's gentle summit dome contrasts sharply with some of the more rugged peaks in the San Juans. An ascent of Bennett Peak is a simple affair, which involves nothing more than walking up its grassy slopes on a primitive road. It doesn’t present much of a challenge, but still makes for a worthy objective.

Getting There

There are at least two different ways to reach the trailhead, but this one is the shortest route from any paved road. From Monte Vista, drive south on Colorado 15 for about 12 miles to Forest Road 250. Turn right, and start driving west. After about ten miles, the road will reach the Terrace Reservoir. After three more miles, you will reach the Alamosa Campground. After about six more miles, you will reach Jasper. Drive about a half-mile past Jasper until you reach the marked Forest Road 280 that heads for Blowout Pass. The road up to the pass is rough. If you can’t drive it, you’ll have to walk it. The turnoff to Forest Road 280 is at 9,160’, and Blowout Pass is almost 11,800’ high.

Mountain Conditions

Contact the Conejos Peak Ranger District at 719-274-8971 for the latest conditions.

Forest Service Map: Rio Grande National Forest.
Topo Map: Jasper.


There are several Forest Service campgrounds located in this part of the Rio Grande National Forest. Blowout Pass would also make a good camping spot.

Mountain Conditions

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Looking up at Bennett Peak.The turnoff to Blowout Pass...Looking down at the saddle...Sheep MountainA view of Forest Road 850 as...view north, Bennett PeakThe start of Forest Road 850.
A view of Sheep Mountain.The road junction at the...A view of Bennett Peak.Alamosa RiverA view of Forest Road 700 as...The start of Forest Road 700...Looking up at a steep section...
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