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One of the toughest 4WD roads in the country, and a rigorous approach to the Blanca Group.

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11,747' 3,580 m


7,750' 2,362 m


4,000' 1,219 m


4' 1 m



Avg Grade (7°)


Max Grade (14°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

While the Lake Como Approach is technically a "road," don't take that too literally. While stock 4WD cars may make it 1-2 miles up the trail, there remain four sets of obstacles affectionately known as "Jaws" 1-4. Believe the hype, and take your ATV or walk. Winter closure is variable and depends on conditions, as the road gets a lot of sun.

Dogs are allowed if leashed, and can summit Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. Responsible owners will not take Fido up the technical Little Bear Peak.


On CO Hwy 160, head east from Alamosa or west from Fort Garland. Turn north onto CO 150 toward Great Sand Dune National Park. Drive over 3 miles, turning right onto Lake Como Rd/Blanca Peak Rd. How far you can drive from here is dependent on your vehicle, off-road skills, and connection to your car's undercarriage.

Most 4WD cars with decent clearance can make it about 1.5 miles up the road before it begins to get rocky. There are plenty of pull-offs along the road, so you don't have to worry too much about getting stuck without a parking spot. Heavy duty trucks and XTerra/Jeep/FJ Cruiser type cars can make it about 3 miles, or to 8,800 ft. After this, there are four sets of obstacles known by off-roaders as "Jaws." Jaws 1-4 are passable only in highly modified cars and ATVs.

Hikers should head up a clear road with occasional rocks and sharp hairpin turns. The grade is a fairly consistent 8-12% with the occasional flat spot. As the slope of the road is SE facing, it gets a lot of sun, and even a leisurely pace can be exhausting. Pass into the trees before the obstacles start to get some much-needed shade. Continue along the trail, up past all four sets of obstacles, before rounding a final right turn and reaching a rocky ramp up to Lake Como.

Flora & Fauna

Lake Como is famous for pesky bears, marmots, and pikas. Protect your food! Fortunately, the wildflowers, aspens, willows, and conifers won't get in your way as much as the critters might.


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Tyler Prince

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Camping at Lake Como
Sep 4, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO
Lake Como
Feb 14, 2024 near Alamosa…, CO
Typical Lake Como trail.
Mar 5, 2015 near Alamosa…, CO
One of the "Jaws" obstacles. No, your car probably can't clear it.
Mar 5, 2015 near Alamosa…, CO
Nearing Lake Como at dusk, with Little Bear Peak in the distance.
Mar 5, 2015 near Alamosa…, CO



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Jul 5, 2022
Amelia Wilkeson
Oct 11, 2020
Michael Kellman
this had lots of loose rock... 6.3mi
Aug 30, 2019
Michael Lippmann
Aug 23, 2019
Rachel Hoar
Aug 8, 2019
Tyler Parette
Parked at 9000ft - could have made it up the first few switchbacks, but didn't know if there would be a spot to park. Long and steep! — 4h 15m
Aug 15, 2018
Ryley Rodriguez
Jul 28, 2018
Michael Autenrieth
loose rocks on the road up make hiking interesting.
May 25, 2018
Darcy McGuckin

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