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Where? State Forest Park (Colorado)
- Denver, CO (3 Hours)
- Salt Lake City, UT (6 Hours)
- Cheyenne, WY (2 Hours)
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.
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.
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.
- Hiking boots
- Hiking poles
- Sleeping bags
- Sleeping pad
- Dining package (plates, forks, knives)
- Camping stove
- Daily and Annual Colorado State Park Pass ($7 daily OR $70 annually)