State Forest Park Trip Tips

State Forest Park Trip Tips

Josh GilbertDec 9, '19

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THEPLACE

Where? State Forest Park (Colorado)

Nearby Cities

  • Denver, CO (3 Hours)
  • Salt Lake City, UT (6 Hours)
  • Cheyenne, WY (2 Hours)

Destination Highlights

State Forest is Colorado's largest state park, with more than 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks and alpine lakes. A variety of activities are available including hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and over 80 miles of 4x4 roads, which makes it one of Colorado's most popular off-roading destinations. Wildlife viewing is also very popular with over 600 moose-sightings reported each year.

THETRIP

Day 1

Stop by the Moose Visitor Center to orient yourself to the park. Enjoy a relaxing hike on the Mountain View Nature Trail and the Beaver Lodge Nature Trails—two short, one-mile hikes with interpretive sites. Ask the ranger for the latest off-road conditions and then head to the Montgomery Pass Road, a 4-mile one-way off-road route with lots of rocks, dips and steep conditions which are rewarded by a spectacular view at the top of the ridge.

Day 2

Spend the day enjoying the most popular hike of the park, Lake Agnes Trail. This is a 2.1-mile moderate loop trail that features wildflowers and an excellent opportunity to see a moose.

THEGEAR

Suggested Gear

  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking poles
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pad
  • Dining package (plates, forks, knives)
  • Camping stove

Park Passes

Recommended Campground

Blackwoods:  $28 per day, up to 158 camping sites available for reservation and open year-round. To reserve, go to www.reserveamerica.com.

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