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Exploring Park County

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Eleven Mile State Park

Eleven Mile State Park

4229 CR 92, Lake George, CO. 719-748-3401

Anglers and writers consistently tout Eleven Mile’s large reservoir for its outstanding fishing. When not reeling in a rainbow, brown, cutthroat, kokanee or pike, there are nearly five miles of scenic hiking and biking trails that await exploration. Canoe the day away around the shores of the backcountry.  Fish from the shore or a boat while enjoying scenic vistas.  Camp comfortably in designated campsites located around the shoreline, nestled among trees in the backcountry, or tucked away in secluded canyon pockets and remote hillsides.

 

Ideal wind conditions make Eleven Mile a popular but not overly crowded destination for sailing, windsurfing and winter ice boating on this wide-open reservoir. Motor boaters and kayakers also find plenty of room to play during the summer months.  Many species of birds reside in or migrate through the park, making for wonderful bird watching prospects. Neighboring park, Spinney Mountain, offers additional opportunities for birding and fishing. Waterfowl hunting chances for a wide variety of ducks are excellent and are available each fall!

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Boreas Pass Scenic Drive – Start at Como to Breckenridge

Boreas Pass

CR 33, Como, CO​ 719-836-2031

Boreas Pass, at an elevation of 11,499 feet, follows the old grade of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad that crossed the Continental Divide on its way from Como to Breckenridge. At the summit, visitors can see the Section House and remnants of the snow sheds that once protected the railroad from the drifting snow that blows through the pass in winter. The Section House and neighboring Ken’s Cabin serve as ski huts during the winter.  A driving tour brochure is available for the Boreas Pass Road to guide you on your journey. Most passenger vehicles can reach the summit of Boreas Pass from either Park County or Summit County and the U.S. Forest Service maintains a winter closure gate just north of Robert’s Cabin.

 When Coming to Park County, Colorado               you can find some of the most Scenic Views. 

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Wilkerson Pass-Spectacular Views with a touch of Rustic history as well

Wilkerson Pass 

Hwy 24, Lake George, CO. 719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center is located on US-24 twelve miles west of Lake George.  It is a great spot to stop and stretch your legs; there's even a .9 mile loop interpretive trail for a nice walk.  Wilkerson Pass offers fantastic views of South Park and the Sawatch and Mosquito Ranges.  The Visitor Center is home to the Rocky Mountain Nature Association bookstore which sells a variety of merchandise.  Fantastic volunteers are available to assist guests with many of their travel needs. The Center features vault toilets, a pavilion, a nature trail, and interpretive exhibits.

Kenosha Pass- One of the most breathtaking views to                              enjoy Hiking at in Park County

Kenosha Pass Trailhead

Hwy 285, Jefferson, CO.  303-275-5610 (U.S. Forest Service)

The Kenosha Pass Trailhead provides access to the Colorado Trail as it heads southeast into the Lost Creek Wilderness Area and west towards the Continetal Divide. The Colorado Trail starts outside of Denver and ends in Durango. It runs through Kenosha Pass and Kenosha East Campgrounds. There is also a wetland interpretative area and the remnants of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad wye (Y). "Helper" engines from either Webster on the east side or Como on the west side of Kenosha Pass, assisted the regular engine in getting the train to the top, and then used the wye (Y) to turn around and head back down hill.

 

Kenosha Pass also provides stunning scenic views of South Park from a small pullout area on the south side of the pass. 4WD/OHV users can enjoy Forest Service Road 126 which climbs to the top of North Twin Cone Peak. To reach the road, drive through Kenosha East Campground and take the road to the right.

 

Directions

From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 50 miles. Parking is available on both sides of Highway 285, at the top of Kenosha Pass, but some parking areas requrie a day use fee.

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Guanella Pass

CR 62, Grant, CO  303-275-5610 

Guanella Pass is a scenic alpine pass that offers access to three hiking trails: South Park TrailRosalie Trail, and Bierstadt Trail. Vault toilets and ample parking are also provided, but be aware that the summit can be extremely crowded during the summer. Consider accessing Guanella Pass via a nearby trailhead such as South Park or Abyss Lake, though each will require a significant hike.

 

South Park/Square Top Lakes Trail takes you through beautiful sceneries, as well as ample wildflowers, entirely above treeline. The trail heads south to Hall Valley, intersecting with Geneva Creek Road along the way at the South Park Trailhead. The Rosalie Trail is a popular trail extending from Guanella Pass to the southeast edge of the Mt. Evans Wilderness. It offers a variety of scenery, including spectacular views of Mt. Bierstadt and the glacial cirque on the south side of Mt. Evans. The trail intersects the Abyss Lake, Threemile, and Tanglewood Trails, thus offering interesting extended hikes. Several stretches of the trail are above treeline. The Bierstadt Trail accesses the 14,060 foot summit of Mount Bierstadt. Because this trail is entirely above treeline, you should be alert to the likely development of summer afternoon storms with their accompanying lightening. This trail is rated difficult because of the altitude and elevation gain. Take time to acclimate if coming from low altitude. Be aware that the weather may go rapidly from hot and sunny to cold and snowy, so prepare accordingly. Please respect the sensitive alpine environment and do not step off the trail.

 

Directions

Drive west from Denver on US Hwy 285 for approximately 40 miles to Grant. Turn right (north) on to Park County 62. Drive 13.5 miles to Guanella Pass.

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Mosquito Pass

CR 12, Alma, CO.  719-836-2031

Mosquito Pass, at an elevation of 13,185 feet, is one of the highest mountain passes in Colorado and its access roads are rich in mining heritage. Constructed in the late 1870s, the Mosquito Pass Road was popular despite its treacherous terrain because it was and still is the shortest route between Fairplay and Leadville. A driving tour brochure is available for the Mosquito Pass Road to guide you on your journey. The Mosquito Pass Road is extremely rough once it passes the North London Mill and should only be traversed by high clearance, 4WD vehicles or on foot.

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Let's Have Some Fun.....

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Thinking about moving to Colorado. But not sure where. A lot of people appreciate going to the Mountains,

Just to getaway from the City. So should you be looking for a Cabin to enjoy for the weekends. Or wanting 

a nice peaceful area with views to enjoy. Lots of fun activities all year round.  Park County is for you.

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The Beauty Of Nature & Wildlife to be seen here

Places to Mountain Biking

 

Abyss Lake Trailhead-303-275-5610 (US Forest)

CR 62,Grant, CO

The Abyss Trailhead provides access for the Abyss Lake Trail (sometimes referred to as the Scott Gomer trail) and the Burning Bear Trail north of the community of Grant. The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area, which terminates at Abyss Lake. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. The rocky slopes surrounding the lake are home to bighorn sheep and mountain goats. The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles, makes this a strenuous day hike. The trail is not marked with signs but can be used for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. The first 2 miles are considered easy, while the next couple of miles are intermediate.

The east trailhead for the Burning Bear Trail is approximately .2 miles west of the parking area for the Abyss Trailhead (9,620 ft. elevation). The trail proceeds west into Hall Valley. From the trailhead gate, the trail leads northwest in an open meadow for about 200 yards, and then crosses a large bridge over Geneva Creek. Mountain biking is allowed on the Burning Bear Trail.

Directions:

From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 40 miles to Grant. Turn right (north) onto Park County 62 (towards Guanella Pass). The Abyss Trailhead is approximately 5.5 miles north on the Guanella Pass Road. During the winter, the road is plowed for the first 5 miles, meaning this trailhead is the farthest point north where the road is plowed. There is a large parking area for this trailhead.

Beaver Creek Trailhead-719-836-2031  (US Forest)

CR 655, Fairplay, CO

The Beaver Creek Trailhead provides access to year round recreation opportunities in the Beaver Creek drainage. In the summer, enjoy explore the numerous trails and 4WD roads that cross the creek or ride your mountain bike over to Crooked Creek Road. In the winter, disocver winter travel routes which incorporate parts of the Beaver Creek Road (659) with some travel through the forest. The trailhead is 2.9 miles from Highway 9 and may be reached by traveling NE on 4th Street from Main Street in Fairplay. Turn left at Bogue Street and go 2.3 miles to an intersection marked with the Beaver Creek sign. Turn right, travel another 0.3 miles and park in the parking lot located just inside the National Forest Boundary. The trails are not groomed, nor patrolled on a regular basis. The Short Loop is approximately 1.75 miles long. Touring this loop clockwise will allow you to have wider stretches when going downhill. The Beaver Creek Trail follows the Beaver Creek Road for approximately 3.2 miles one way. Both trails provide an easy to more difficult ski experience. Exercise caution, as the road is used by snowmobiles as well.

Boreas Pass-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

CR 33, Como, CO

Boreas Pass, at an elevation of 11,499 feet, follows the old grade of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad that crossed the Continental Divide on its way from Como to Breckenridge. At the summit, visitors can see the Section House and remnants of the snow sheds that once protected the railroad from the drifting snow that blows through the pass in winter. The Section House and neighboring Ken’s Cabin serve as ski huts during the winter.  A driving tour brochure is available for the Boreas Pass Road to guide you on your journey. Most passenger vehicles can reach the summit of Boreas Pass from either Park County or Summit County and the U.S. Forest Service maintains a winter closure gate just north of Robert’s Cabin.

Buffalo Peaks Trailhead-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

FSR 431, Fairplay, CO 

The Buffalo Peaks Trailhead provides access to the Salt Creek Trail and the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area. Hiking, backpacking, horse riding, and dispersed camping are allowed along the trail, as well as mountain biking outside of the Wilderness Area.

Directions

Drive 12 miles south of Fairplay on Highway 285 then turn right (west) on to Forest Service Road 431. Follow FSR 431 for approximately five miles to the trailhead.

Eleven Mile State Park-719-748-3401 

4229 CR 92, Lake George, CO

Anglers and writers consistently tout Eleven Mile’s large reservoir for its outstanding fishing. When not reeling in a rainbow, brown, cutthroat, kokanee or pike, there are nearly five miles of scenic hiking and biking trails that await exploration. Canoe the day away around the shores of the backcountry.  Fish from the shore or a boat while enjoying scenic vistas.  Camp comfortably in designated campsites located around the shoreline, nestled among trees in the backcountry, or tucked away in secluded canyon pockets and remote hillsides.

 Ideal wind conditions make Eleven Mile a popular but not overly crowded destination for sailing, windsurfing and winter ice boating on this wide-open reservoir. Motor boaters and kayakers also find plenty of room to play during the summer months.  Many species of birds reside in or migrate through the park, making for wonderful bird watching prospects. Neighboring park, Spinney Mountain, offers additional opportunities for birding and fishing. Waterfowl hunting chances for a wide variety of ducks are excellent and are available each fall!

French Pass Trail-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

CR 54, Jefferson, CO

French Pass trail provides access to the Continental Divide between Bald Mountain and Mount Guyot.  The trail is not always easy to follow and isn't well signed.  From the southern trailhead it leads up the French Creek drainage, beginning at approximately 10,520 feet in elevation and within 4.5 miles hikers reach the summit of French Pass.  The trail continues into the White River National Forest to the French Gulch Trialhead east of Breckenridge.  This trail is not recommended for winter use due to avalanche potential. 

Directions

From Highway 285, take county Road 35 north from Jefferson to County Road 54 (Michigan Creek Road) and continue toward Georgia Pass.  Drive just over two miles past Michigan Creek Campground to a point where the road crosses French Creek.  Park in a flat area just before reaching this crossing.

Gold Dust Trailhead-719-836-2031

CR 50, Como, CO

The Gold Dust Trailhead provides access to Boreas Pass to the north via the old Boreas Pass Wagon Road, which it connects to after crossing FDR 406.  Much of the northern portion of the trail follows an old flume that diverted water from North Tarryall Creek and its tributaries to mining operations located in the upper Tarryall Drainage.  This portion of the trail is excellent for snowshoers and cross country skiers. If you head south from the trailhead you can follow the trail around Little Baldy Mountain and choose to hike towards Como or to Fairplay. A Pike National Forest or National Geographic Trails Illustrated map is recommended to safely navigate the multiple trails in this area. The trail goes through a small portion of private land near a log cabin so please respect this private land access.

 Directions

Drive to the town of Como from US Highway 285 and follow the signs to Boreas Pass.  Continue on this road approximately 1.5 miles past the Boreas Pass Road turnoff.  Total mileage from US Highway 285 to the trailhead is 5.5 miles.  Park on a wide portion of the road on the left just beyond the trailhead.

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

CR 37, Jefferson, CO

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area is a fee area managed by concessionare located northwest of Jefferson off US Highway 285.  It is a popular area for camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking.  There are a number of campgrounds available, but none are located directly on Jefferson Lake.  For backpacking and day hiking, the Colorado Trail passes through the area on its way to Georgia Pass and the Jefferson Lake and Jefferson Loop trails also offer day hikers options for long or short walks. The following campgrounds and picnic areas are located within the Recreation Area:

​Directions

Take County Road 54 north from Jefferson until the road forks, then turn right onto County Road 37 and follow the road until you reach the fee booth. The current entry fee is $6 per vehicle.

Kenosha Pass Trailhead-303-275-5610 (U.S. Forest Service)

Hwy 285, Jefferson, CO

The Kenosha Pass Trailhead provides access to the Colorado Trail as it heads southeast into the Lost Creek Wilderness Area and west towards the Continetal Divide. The Colorado Trail starts outside of Denver and ends in Durango. It runs through Kenosha Pass and Kenosha East Campgrounds. There is also a wetland interpretative area and the remnants of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad wye (Y). "Helper" engines from either Webster on the east side or Como on the west side of Kenosha Pass, assisted the regular engine in getting the train to the top, and then used the wye (Y) to turn around and head back down hill.

 Kenosha Pass also provides stunning scenic views of South Park from a small pullout area on the south side of the pass. 4WD/OHV users can enjoy Forest Service Road 126 which climbs to the top of North Twin Cone Peak. To reach the road, drive through Kenosha East Campground and take the road to the right.

Directions

From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 50 miles. Parking is available on both sides of Highway 285, at the top of Kenosha Pass, but some parking areas requrie a day use fee.

Long Gulch Trailhead-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

CR 56, Jefferson, CO

The Long Gulch Trailhead provides access to a portion of the Colorado Trail (segment 4) that runs just outside of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area, which is available to mountain bikers.  Hikers interested in entering the wilderness on the Colorado Trail may want to consider using the Rock Creek Trailhead that is just north of Long Gulch.

Directions

From Jefferson, travel north on Highway 285 and turn right on County Road 56 (Lost Creek Road) and travel 10 miles to the trailhead on your left.

Lynch Creek Trailhead-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

FSR 431, Fairplay, CO

The Lynch Creek Trailhead provides access to the Salt Creek TrailRough and Tumbling Trail, and the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area. Hiking, backpacking, horse riding, and dispersed camping are allowed along the trail, as well as mountain biking outside of the Wilderness Area.

Directions

Drive 12 miles south of Fairplay on Highway 285 then turn right (west) on to Forest Service Road 431. Follow FSR 431 for approximately seven miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. FSR 431 is closed during winter just past the Buffalo Springs Campground.

Nate Stultz Trailhead-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

FSR 141, Jefferson, CO

The Nate Stultz Trailhead is located near Tarryall Reservoir off County Road 77 and provides access to the Nate Stultz Trail.  It is a moderate three mile trail that travels north to the Lost Park Road (County Road 56). This trail splits and offers two other routes as well; one spur goes southeast for about 2 miles and the other  goes southwest for about 3/4 mile.

Directions

From Highway 285, take County Road 77 (Tarryall Road) almost to Tarryall Reservoir.  Turn left onto Forest Road 141 and continue about three miles to the trailhead.

North Fork Trailhead-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

FSR 134, Jefferson, CO

North Fork Trailhead provides access to the Colorado Trail (segment 4) going east into Lost Creek Wilderness or going northwest outside of the wilderness area. The Colorado Trail goes from Denver down to Durango including 483 miles that stretch through six national forests, six wilderness areas, traverses five major river systems, and penetrates eight of the state's mountain ranges. What makes the Colorado Trail unique is that it was developed with the efforts of thousands of volunteers, all interested in the conservation and recreational exploration of Colorado's stunning mountainous areas.  The U.S. Forest Service, along with The Colorado Trail Foundation, administers and maintains the Colorado Trail. There are a total of 28 segments.

Directions

From Jefferson, travel north on Highway 285 to County Road 56 and turn right. Travel about 17 miles to Forest Road 134 then turn left and follow this high clearance, rough road to the trailhead.

North Salt Creek Trailhead-719-836-2031 | U.S. Forest Service

FSR 435, Fairplay, CO

The North Salt Creek Trailhead provides access to the Salt Creek Trail and the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area. Hiking, backpacking, horse riding, and dispersed camping are allowed along the trail. Going northeast on Salt Creek Trail also skirts the outside boundary of the Wilderness Area, so mountain biking is authorized here.

Directions

Turn west on Forest Service Road 435 (Salt Creek Road) just north of Antero Junction then follow the road to the trailhead at the end of the road.

Platte River Trailhead-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

FSR 112, Lake George, CO

The Platte River Trailhead, located near Happy Meadows Campground, provides access to the Platte River Trail, which runs along the South Platte River.  It is an easy to moderate 3 mile hike through forest and meadow.  Portions of this trail were impacted by the 2002 Hayman Fire and the trail may not be well defined in some areas.

Directions

From Lake George, drive north on County Road 77 (Tarryall Road) for one mile to Forest Road 112. Turn right and follow Forest Road 112 to the trailhead, which is about one mile past Happy Meadows Campground.

Rolling Creek Trailhead-303-275-5610 (U.S. Forest Service)

CR 68, Bailey, CO

The Rolling Creek Trailhead provides access to the Colorado Trail and the popular Rolling Creek Trail, which heads south into the northeast side of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The first third of the trail south from the trailhead is an easy, pleasant hike following gently rolling terrain. However, the second two thirds of the trail are quite steep and the trail up the tight canyon on the north side is often blocked by downed trees. The trail passes around to the west of the Castle and offers some very dramatic views of this prominent pinnacle. This trail, in conjunction with the Colorado TrailWigwam Trail, and Goose Creek Trail, offer some interesting loops for backpack trips. The gentle first section of the trail, up to the Wilderness boundary, is popular with mountain bikers, but the rest of the trail is entirely in designated wilderness. In Wilderness, mountain bikes are prohibited and Wilderness regulations apply.

Directions

From Bailey, go east on County Road 68 which becomes Forest Road 560. Go right at the Y onto County Road 543. 7.8 miles from Bailey park at a small Parking area on the south side of the road (large enough for trailers) or go right (south) a short distance to the Rolling Creek Trailhead. From the trailhead at end of the road, the Colorado Trail bears right (west) and the Rolling Creek Trail heads left (east).

Sheep Creek Trailhead-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

FSR 455, Fairplay, CO

The Sheep Creek Trailhead is an informal trailhead that provides access to the Sheep Creek Trail. It is a moderate 4.9-mile trail offering views of Browns and Breakneck Passes and is surrounded by aspen trees the majority of the way. It connects to the Twelvemile Trail and follows Sheep Creek before ending as Forest Road 175.

Directions

From Fairplay, drive 4.5 miles south on Highway 285 to County Road 5 (Weston Pass Road) and tun right. Follow this road to Forest Road 455 and drive to the end of the road where you can park.

Tie Hack Trail-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

CR 18, Fairplay, CO

Tie Hack Trail is a 3-mile summer use and a 5-mile winter use trail.  It is a fairly primitive route that incorporates old logging roads and in some stretches there is just minimal clearing through the trees; however, it is marked with arrows making it is easier to follow.  Please be aware and respectful of private property while using this trail. The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative has produced a printable brochure to guide you along the trail.

Directions

From Fairplay, travel south on Highway 285 for about one mile and turn right onto County Road 18 (Fourmile Road). Travel about 3.5 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 182.  In the summer hike or drive the 4WD road to the trailhead about one mile farther.  Winter users will have to snowshoe or ski from this point.

Horse Back Riding

American Safari Ranch

1484 Co Rd 7, Fairplay, CO.

(719) 836-2700

is nestled in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.  This authentic western mountain ranch, brings people from all over the world.  Enjoy all the mountain activities including horseback riding, atv tours, and big western cookout barbecue.  Stay for a couple hours or a few days, our western hospitality caters to groups of any size.  Let our cowboys and cowgirls show you a fun time on a real ranch. http://americansafariranch.com/

Platte Ranch/Double B Riding Stables

40905 Highway 9, Fairplay, CO.

Get Directions Call: (719) 836-1670

Note: GPS dont work well for Directions

The Platte Ranch. Offering guided horseback rides 2-hr & 4 hrs

This is truly open ranch riding with the most breathtaking views ever. Perhaps, the most rewarding experience of your vacation! Ride on this 8,000+acre ranch in Summer or Winter. Mount a magnificent horse & head out onto the ranch. You will travel over the South Platte River before winding your way through the trees up a mountainside. When you reach the top, the panoramic view of six mountain ranges is spectacular! You will be able to ride side-by-side & even get the horses into a cantor!

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Places you can ATV and 4WD

Beaver Creek Trailhead -719-836-2031

CR 655, Fairplay, CO

The Beaver Creek Trailhead provides access to year round recreation opportunities in the Beaver Creek drainage. In the summer, enjoy explore the numerous trails and 4WD roads that cross the creek or ride your mountain bike over to Crooked Creek Road. In the winter, disocver winter travel routes which incorporate parts of the Beaver Creek Road (659) with some travel through the forest. The trailhead is 2.9 miles from Highway 9 and may be reached by traveling NE on 4th Street from Main Street in Fairplay. Turn left at Bogue Street and go 2.3 miles to an intersection marked with the Beaver Creek sign. Turn right, travel another 0.3 miles and park in the parking lot located just inside the National Forest Boundary. The trails are not groomed, nor patrolled on a regular basis. The Short Loop is approximately 1.75 miles long. Touring this loop clockwise will allow you to have wider stretches when going downhill. The Beaver Creek Trail follows the Beaver Creek Road for approximately 3.2 miles one way. Both trails provide an easy to more difficult ski experience. Exercise caution, as the road is used by snowmobiles as well.

Hall Valley OHV Trailhead-303-275-5610

CR 60, Grant, CO

The Hall Valley OHV Trailhead provides parking for vehicles and trailers so that you can explore Webster and Red Cone passes using off-highway vehicles. Just north of the trailhead, the road splits into three Forest Service roads: Hall Valley Road (FSR 126), Handcart Gulch Road (FSR 121), and Red Cone Jeep Trail (FSR 565). Handcart and Red Cone climb to the top of the Contiental Divide and meet at Webster Pass, joining up with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The Hall Valley Road takes you past historic mining operations before it terminates at private property; take note of all posted signage. Please contact the South Platte Ranger District (303.275.5610) for accessibility to Red Cone and Webster Pass. Due to snow conditions, these trails are not open until late June to early July.

Kenosha Pass Trailhead-303-275-5610

Hwy 285, Jefferson, CO

The Kenosha Pass Trailhead provides access to the Colorado Trail as it heads southeast into the Lost Creek Wilderness Area and west towards the Continetal Divide. The Colorado Trail starts outside of Denver and ends in Durango. It runs through Kenosha Pass and Kenosha East Campgrounds. There is also a wetland interpretative area and the remnants of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad wye (Y). "Helper" engines from either Webster on the east side or Como on the west side of Kenosha Pass, assisted the regular engine in getting the train to the top, and then used the wye (Y) to turn around and head back down hill.

 

Kenosha Pass also provides stunning scenic views of South Park from a small pullout area on the south side of the pass. 4WD/OHV users can enjoy Forest Service Road 126 which climbs to the top of North Twin Cone Peak. To reach the road, drive through Kenosha East Campground and take the road to the right.

 

Directions

From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 50 miles. Parking is available on both sides of Highway 285, at the top of Kenosha Pass, but some parking areas requrie a day use fee.

Mosquito Pass-719-836-2031

CR 12, Alma, CO

Mosquito Pass, at an elevation of 13,185 feet, is one of the highest mountain passes in Colorado and its access roads are rich in mining heritage. Constructed in the late 1870s, the Mosquito Pass Road was popular despite its treacherous terrain because it was and still is the shortest route between Fairplay and Leadville. A driving tour brochure is available for the Mosquito Pass Road to guide you on your journey. The Mosquito Pass Road is extremely rough once it passes the North London Mill and should only be traversed by high clearance, 4WD vehicles or on foot.

Round Mountain Campground-719-836-2031

Forest Road 225, Lake George, CO

Round Mountain is a small, rustic campground that sits just 6 miles from Lake George, 11 miles from the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and 15 miles from Eleven Mile Reservoir. It is also within a short drive to hiking and biking trails, fly fishing, wildlife watching, and birding.

Natural Features:

Round Mountain, at an elevation of 8,500 feet, sits near Blue Mountain, Stoll Mountain, and Martland Peak. Campsites are widely spaced in woods of ponderosa pine and young aspen. The high altitude creates mild summer days and chilly nights. Aspen trees create a beautiful sunny yellow hue in fall. Interesting wild inhabitants of the area include porcupines, mule deer, beavers, and chipmunks. At night, the area makes for incredible stargazing.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy nearby Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoirs for fishing and prime waterfowl watching. Avid anglers come here in winter for ice fishing.

Facilities:

Round Mountain offers 15 reservable campsites. Amenities include picnic tables, vault toilets, campfire rings, and a parking area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility

  • Boating

  • Fishing

  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails

  • Rock Climbing

  • Vault Toilets

 

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.03056, -105.43111
39°1'50"N, 105°25'52"W

From Florissant, Colorado, take US Route 24 west for 10.3 miles to the campground sign. Turn right at sign onto the dirt road and go 0.2 miles to campground.

Water Activities

Spinney Mountain State Park-(719) 748-3401

For gold medal fishing, it’d be hard to find any better than Spinney Mountain Reservoir.  Anglers can find shoreline or fly fishing, belly boating, or trolling opportunities in a peaceful and scenic setting. Check the Conditions page for current fishing conditions.  A park map may be found here.

This isolated retreat is ideal for visitors seeking beautiful views of the Collegiate Mountain Range or just a little solitude from busy city life.  Birders have plenty to see between the ducks, waders and birds of prey.  Boating enthusiasts can enjoy the 2,500 surface-acre reservoir with two boat ramps that are available depending upon water levels.

https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/SpinneyMountain/Pages/Boating.aspx

Eleven Mile-(719) 748-3401

Canoe the day away around the shores of the backcountry. Fish the shoreline or troll from a boat while enjoying scenic vistas. Camp  comfortably in designated campsites located around the shoreline, nestled among trees in the backcountry. 

Ideal wind conditions make Eleven Mile a popular, but not overly crowded destination for sailing, windsurfing and winter ice boating on this wide-open reservoir. Motor boaters and kayakers also find plenty of room to play during the summer months. Map & info:

https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/SpinneyMountain/Documents/SpinneyMountainBrochure.pdf

11 Mile Marina

11 Mile Marina is located on the North Shore in Eleven Mile State Park, providing boat and outfitter services, equipment rentals, and marina services. You can rent a boat, kayak, or canoe; enjoy a guided fishing trip; or pick up camping supplies at their convenient location near the Eleven Mile boat ramps and campgrounds. The Marina also provides a weekly fishing report for the reservoir to help you plan your trip.

https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ElevenMile

Antero Reservoir

is a great recreation area in Park County. Has one of the best fishing, the reservoir offers motor boating, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and picnicking. 

Directions

Take Highway 285 to Fairplay, About a mile south of Fairplay veer southeast on Highway 9 toward Hartsel, After about 15 miles, a stop sign marks the intersection with Highway 24. Turn right (west).

The entrances to Antero Reservoir will be on the right. The entrance to the north access will be first, and the south second.

https://www.denverwater.org/recreation/antero-resevoir

Tarryall Reservoir-(303) 291-7227.

is an 886-acre State Wildlife Area offering a cold water lake and stream and deer, elk and waterfowl hunting, as well as boating and camping. 

https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Maps/TarryallReservoirSWA_geo.pdf

Jefferson Lake-719-836-2031

Jefferson Lake is a natural formation that was originally created by a rockslide. A dam was constructed over the rockslide and was completed in 1898. It was rebuilt in its present form in the 1920’s. The dam has a height of 24 feet. Jefferson Lake is filled by inflow from the headwaters of Jefferson Creek. Storage is regulated by a 24 inch pipe-and-valve located at the base of the dam. Elevation: 10,693 feet 

Directions:

Take US 285 south for 74 miles

In the town of Jefferson, turn west (right) on Michigan Creek Rd.

Drive 4.5 miles to Jefferson Lake Rd.

Turn right on Jefferson Lake Rd.

Follow Jefferson Lake Rd. 5.3 miles to Jefferson Lake

Recreational Opportunities:Camping, Boating (hand carried boats only — electric motors only, wakeless), Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking

http://www.southparkheritage.org/trip-planner/hiking/jefferson-creek-campground

Winter Activities

CROSS COUNTRY & SNOWSHOEING

Tie Hack Trail-719-836-2031 (U.S. Forest Service)

CR 18, Fairplay, CO

Tie Hack Trail is a 3-mile summer use and a 5-mile winter use trail.  It is a fairly primitive route that incorporates old logging roads and in some stretches there is just minimal clearing through the trees; however, it is marked with arrows making it is easier to follow.  Please be aware and respectful of private property while using this trail. The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative has produced a printable brochure to guide you along the trail.

Directions

From Fairplay, travel south on Highway 285 for about one mile and turn right onto County Road 18 (Fourmile Road). Travel about 3.5 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 182.  In the summer hike or drive the 4WD road to the trailhead about one mile farther.  Winter users will have to snowshoe or ski from this point.

Lost Creek Wilderness-(719)836-2031

  Lost Creek Wilderness was officially designated by the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1980 with additions in 1993. Today it totals 119,790 acres. Elevations range from 8,000' to 12,400' above sea level. Lost Creek was named after a creek of the same name that repeatedly disappears undergound only to reappear again further downstream where it ultimately becomes Goose Creek.

BEAVER CREEK TRAILHEAD-719-836-2031

A backcountry gem, located just minutes from Fairplay, CO. We’ve been hiking, snowshoeing, and have camped in many of the dispersed camping spots. Aspens in the fall, lush green summers with a meandering creek, surrounded by mountain peaks and trails everywhere make this a perfect getaway.

Finding Beaver Creek Trailhead: From Hwy 285: turn onto Hwy 9 into the town of Fairplay. Turn right on 4th Street, Drive to the end of the road. Turn left, which is Bogue St. Go 2.3 miles until you see the Beaver Creek sign. Turn right, leads you into a small parking area. Your here. If the gate is open you can drive in. 

Limber Grove Trail 

Limber Grove Trail runs between Horseshoe and Fourmile Campgrounds which are southwest of Fairplay.  It is a 1.5 mile moderate hike that passes through a small grove of ancient Limber and Bristlecone pine trees Directions:

Travel 1.4 miles south of Fairplay on US Highway 285. Turn right on County Roadd 18 (Fourmile Rd) and proceed a little more than nine miles to a point approximately 200 feet beyond the access road to Fourmile Campground. Park on the south side of the road.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/recarea?ss=110308&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=FSE_003738&navid=110240000000000&pnavid=110000000000000&position=generalinfo&recid=12846&ttype=recarea&pname=Limber%20Grove%20Trail

ELK CREEK FALLS TRAIL​​​​​​​

From high grassy meadows at 8,100 feet to soaring granite cliffs over 10,000 feet, Staunton State Park's varied geology, soils, water features, and climate support rare and unexpected plant communities and a rich diversity of wildlife and provide a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Colorado's newest state park opened to the public on May 18, 2013. The park is located approximately 40 miles southwest of downtown Denver, north of US Highway 285 and about six miles west of Conifer. The Park sits divided between Park and Jefferson counties, in Pine, Colorado. Elk Falls Pond is a serene setting, but don't stop here. Follow the Lion's Back Trail for another mile to the destination.

Map to get to Staunton

https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton/Documents/Staunton-Direction-Map.pdf

The state park map will show how to get to this trail: 

https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton/Documents/StauntonTrailsMap.pdf

The Burning Bear Trail

the Burning Bear Creek west from Geneva Creek and down the Burning Bear Creek as it drains west into the North Fork of the South Platte River in Hall Valley. Allow approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours to hike the entire trail. 

This trail has two trailheads. The east end of the trail is in Geneva Creek Valley, and is located as follows: From Bailey, drive west on U.S. Hwy 285 for 10.8 miles to Grant. Turn right (north) on Park County Road #62 (sometimes called the Guanella Pass Road) and drive 4.9 miles to the trailhead at a turn in the road. There is a sign and gate on the left (north) side of the road at the trailhead. Parking is available 0.2 miles further at the parking area for the Abyss Lake trail. The west end of the trail is in Hall Valley and is located as From Bailey drive west on U.S. Hwy 285 for 14.9 miles. Turn right (north) on Park County Road #60 (also designated as Forest Service Road #120) and drive 3 miles to a parking area on the right side of the road. The upper parts of Park County Road #60 are not recommended for low clearance vehicles, but the portion up to this trailhead is accessible to all vehicles. Parking is available at the Abyss Lake/Burning Bear Trailhead. https://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/cs/recarea?ss=110308&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&navid=110240000000000&pnavid=null&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&recid=12916&ttype=recarea&pname=Burning%20Bear%20Trailhead%20

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