This is one of the few lakes or reservoirs with road access located in Conejos Peak Ranger District. Small motorized and nonmotorized water craft are allowed on Trujillo Meadows Reservoir. This activity is most popular among fishermen and boat rental is available. Crafts producing wakes, however, are not allowed. Trujillo Meadows Campground is nearby as is the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad route. Los Pinos Trail (Forest Trail 736) can be accessed via the improved dirt Forest Road 1C and 4 WD Forest Road 118.
Directions from Chama, New Mexico: Travel northeast 21.1 miles on Colorado Highway 17. Then go 2.5 miles north on Forest Road 118 to Forest Road 118.1B. Bear left 0.3 miles north on Forest Road 118.1B to the reservoir.
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Filed By: Lou Ann Everett
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl Recommend to a Friend: Neutral Report: There is NO boat rental and apparently no fish(at least they didn't bite the day we were ther!) but a nice boat ramp with parking for trailers but it is on the shallow end of the lake. Only walking access of about 1/2 mile plus if you want to fish in deeper water and have no boat. Dam is accessible but is a steep down then uphill hike of about 1/2-3/4 mile. There didn't seem to be any fish in the lake--we didn't have even a bite and the few other fishermen had no luck either. Conditions: Summer rain shower--didn't last long but there was scary cloud to ground lightning which is usual for mountainous areas. Water Availability: There was drinking water in the campground--a very nice camping area with composting toilets--lots of trees and few people there. Recommended Clothing: You need to wear protection from the sun--cover up, sunscreen, hats and sturdy hiking boots would be the best and it is rocky all around the shore. Suggested Accessories: Hubby had rod and reed and we both carried hiking sticks to get down to the water's edge.
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway - The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is a 64 mile, steam-powered narrow gauge railroad located in the Rocky Mountains along the CO/NM border. Built in 1880, it now operates during the summer and early fall.
Los Pinos Trail - The valley of the Rio de los Pinos ("River of the Pines") is a picturesque glacial valley whose scenery has attracted tourists from afar. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad passes through the valley below Highway 17.
Trujillo Meadows Campground - Trujillo Meadows Campground has 50 campsites with picnic tables and fireplaces. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad route is nearby.