” The Conejos is arguably the best of all the wild rivers in the Southwest,” according to Mark Williams, content writer for Great Outdoor Recreation Pages (GORP). “The feeder streams are big and productive enough that it’d be worthwhile to visit them alone. Most require at least a hike, and you’ll need a full-fledged backpacking expedition to get to the best parts of them. But if you want true wilderness angling in pristine forests and wide meadows, hit any one of these tributaries. Some say that if you were ever going to run into a grizzly bear — the last of which was seen in 1979 in the state of Colorado — it will be in the backcountry of the Conejos. Wild, wild, wild.”  Readmore.

For an overview of the territory, view the zoomable Rio Grande National Forest Visitor Map — Middle Region .

Download a fishing map of the Conejos and Alamosa River Drainages from the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. For specific fishing regulations, consult the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Fishing Conejos Country flyer.

For specific fishing areas, take a look at the Rio Grande National Forest – Antonito web page.