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.
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.
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.