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Colorado: State Forest State Park
Posted on Sunday, January 21 @ 23:00:00 CST by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails 56750 Highway 14
Walden, CO 80480
970-723-8366


There are 130 miles of trails and roads for equestrians. Camp at Bockman Campground, where a public corral next to the campground is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The ultimate in rugged Colorado, State Forest State Park offers visitors 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks, alpine lakes, wildlife and miles of trails. The park stretches along the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains and into the north end of the Never Summer Range.

Bockman This campground is located one mile north of the North Michigan Reservoir within view of the Medicine Bow mountain range. It hosts 52 sites. There are 13 pull-through sites and one group area with six sites. The new Bockman horse corral is located here, making it easy to combine equestrian activities with camping. On-site accommodations include restroom facilities.

Trails and Roads at State Forest There are 71,000 acres of forest, and an abundance of multi-use trails. Please check the park map and the winter recreation guide for information. Check out some of the trails:

Gould Loop Trail

Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, ski and snowshoe
Miles: 6.5 miles round-trip
Elevation: 9,400 feet
Elevation gain: 240 feet
Comments: The loop trail starts either at the Moose Visitor Center or at Ranger Lakes and parallels the middle fork of the MI River. Great moose habitat along the trail. Fly & lure fishing permitted in MI River.

American Lakes Trail

Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, ski, snowshoe and snowmobile
Miles: 5.5 miles one-way summer / 8.5 miles one-way winter
Elevation: 9,520 feet
Elevation gain: 1520 feet
Comments: Trail ends at American Lakes with options over Thunder Pass into RMNP or up to Snow Lake. Spectacular views w/fly & lure fishing permitted. A great backpack trip. Fires prohibited above timberline. VOC construction of new trail on upper route.

Kelly and Clear Lake Trails
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, ski, snowshoe and snowmobile
Miles: 9 miles one-way
Elevation: 8,505 feet
Elevation gain: feet 1200
Comments: Great for backpackers and horseback riders. Both share the first 1.5 miles and lead to the high alpine lakes w/ spectacular views. Fly & lure fishing permitted. No fires above timberline. Access the N. Canadian Yurt & Hidden Valley Trail.

Ruby Jewel Route
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, motorcycle, ATV, jeep, ski, snowshoe and snowmobile
Miles: 4 miles one-way summer / 8 miles one-way winter
Elevation: 9,146 feet
Elevation gain: feet 800
Comments: Most passenger vehicles can travel the first mile to the car parking area or the Ruby Jewel Yurt. 4X4's can continue for another two miles where the route dead-ends at the Ruby Jewel Trailhead. Dispersed vehicle camping is permitted.

Bull Mountain
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, motorcycle, ATV, jeep, snowmobile
Miles: 7 miles one-way summer / 4 miles one-way winter
Comments: This trail offers something for all riders. It follows an old logging road through the forest and makes a steady ascent up Bull Mountain. At 4 miles you can branch to the right to access North Michigan Reservoir. The left fork continues for another 2 miles along a jeep road. In the winter this trail is packed and groomed for snowmobiling.

Diamond Peaks
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, motorcycle, ATV, ski, snowshoe
Miles: 7 miles one-way summer / 1 mile one-way winter
Elevation gain: 1250 feet
Comments: Perfect trail for ATVs or motorcycles in the summer. This is a popular destination in the winter for extreme skiing. High avalanche-prone areas.

Bockman Road
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, motorcycle, ATV, jeep, ski, snowshoe and snowmobile
Miles: 6 miles one-way
Elevation gain: 1230 feet
Comments: This road climbs above 10,000 feet getting more difficult toward the top. Then it descends to Highway 14. Great winter trail for skiers and snowshoers looking for a strenuous workout. This trail is also a popular groomed snowmobile route.

Montgomery Pass Route
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, motorcycle, ATV, jeep, ski, snowshoe and snowmobile
Miles: 4 miles one-way summer / 6.5 miles one-way winter
Elevation: 9,020 feet
Elevation gain: 2430 feet
Comments: This trail is a true 4X4 drive experience. Vehicles will encounter lots of rock, dips and steep conditions. At it ends it's only a short walk to the top of the ridge for spectacular views. Used to access Montgomery Pass Yurts & Trail. Dispersed camping.

Mendenhall Route
Permitted uses: Foot, horse, bike, motorcycle, ATV, jeep, ski, snowshoe and snowmobile
Miles: 8 miles one-way
Elevation: 8,600
Elevation gain: 2000 feet
Comments: Route is popular for hunters and can be used to access Medicine Bow Trail, Route NF and the N. Sand Dunes. Dispersed vehicle camping is permitted. Spectacular views await at the top of the ridge - you can see all the way to WY and west to Mount Zirkel

Directions:
Take Colorado 14 west from Fort Collins for 75 miles across Cameron Pass.


For more information: http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/StateForest/


 
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