Saints John

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4.8/5 (66 reviews)
Montezuma, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 11/23/2023
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First, yes, it is Saints John, not Saint Johns. Keep reading to learn why. This 4WD trail runs along high alpine ridge lines for several miles with spectacular 360-degree views. And lest you get bored, there is a couple of hill climbs to keep things interesting. The trail's north end drops down into the forest below, making its way into the tiny town of Montezuma. In 1863, John Coley made the first silver strike in Colorado. He founded the boom town of Coleyville. However, in 1867, a group of wealthy Free Masons bought up much of the area claims, renaming the town Saints John for the two patron saints of the Free Masons: Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist. Thus Saints (plural) John. The current 4WD trail follows the route once taken by ox or mule-driven ore carts hauling the mined ore over the Continental Divide and down the Swan River Valley to the mills and rails in Breckenridge. The mines of Saints John produced silver until the 1950s. Now, feel free to correct everyone you meet who will probably call this Saint Johns. (Full disclosure: The author was one of those people until 2016.)


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4.8/5 (66)
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51650
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/23/2023

Closed for the season.
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Impassable
Visited: 10/29/2023

16" of snow reported in Breckenridge this weekend. The surrounding trails will all be impassible. Most likely a season ender for the area.
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Impassable
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/20/2023

I ran all of Middle Fork Swan (which is still clear). Sts John has a foot or less of snow at the intersection with Middle and Deer Creek. From there I could see the first hillclimb has snow drifted on it. I'm gonna call that impassable. BTW, I'd love to know what made that fat single track in the snow!
Trail Review: Saints John - Trint Ladd
Trail Review: Saints John - Trint Ladd
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Impassable
Visited: 10/14/2023

The season's first real winter storm has moved through, and daytime temps are not enough to melt the snow. Numerous reports indicate there is impassable/dangerous snow on the trail at this time and it is likely going to be done and closed for the season.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Ran reverse of guide. Pretty easy trail in my opinion. Stock height 98 XJ with mud tires with a lunchbox locker in the rear. Very nice views would recommend.
Trail Review: Saints John - Joe. No...... the other Joe
Trail Review: Saints John - Joe. No...... the other Joe
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