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Quick Facts

Big Meadows Cross-Country

Beginning Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Ending Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Length, Round Trip: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Road Number: 412 and 430 Spruce Creek and Hunters Lake Roads
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Spar City

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General Description

Big Meadows Reservoir
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Big Meadows Reservoir
Parking is available at the Big Meadows turnoff on U.S. Highway 160. The cross-country ski trail follows the Big Meadows road for 2 miles and turns right on the Hunters Lake Road for another 1/2 mile. This route provides for a gentle uphill climb. From the Hunters Lake Road the trail takes off down the hill and returns to the Big Meadows road through a variety of timbered open areas.

Snowmobilers have various options for enjoying the terrain. Follow the road to the fork and then go either right, toward Hunters Lake, or left toward the campground. From the campground the Spruce Creek Road (Forest Road 412) goes 6 miles and dead ends at the top of the ridge. Several roads in the old clearcuts are accessible from Spruce Creek Road. Round trip mileage on Hunters Lake Road (Forest Road 430) is 25 miles and the round trip mileage to the end of Spruce Creek Road is 15 miles.

Directions from Del Norte, Colorado: Take Highway 160 west 29 miles (47 km) to the Big Meadows Road. Trailhead is at the junction of Highway 160 and Big Meadows Road. Trailhead is indicated by cross country skier symbol.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Winter through Spring (NOTE: Winter Season) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing This route provides for a gentle uphill climb.
ICON Snowmobiling Snowmobilers have various options for enjoying the terrain.
ICON Snowshoeing Short or long trips possible

Related Activities
Cascade Falls Ski Trail - The first part of the trail is the same as the Big Meadows Campground. The trail to the falls leaves from the upper campground loop and is marked by a wooden sign.

Columbine Picnic Ground - Columbine Picnic Area is located alongside U.S. Highway 160, 26 miles west of Del Norte and 9 miles west of South Fork.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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