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Butcher Boy Family Picnic Ground

Elevation: 9,880 Feet (3079.8 Meters)
Number of Sites: 9
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 126 Holy Cross, Ruedi Reservoir
Recommended Season: Summer
Reservation Contact: Local
Reservation Status: Not Accepted
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Picnic sites at Butcher Boy Picnic Ground
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Picnic sites at Butcher Boy Picnic Ground
Butcher Boy Picnic Grounds and Angler Parking provide space for individuals and families to spend the day on the shores of Turquoise Lake. Picnic tables and a fishing site on the lake create a relaxing atmosphere for any family outing. The Butcher Boy area is located next to Mayqueen Campground on the western shore of Turquoise Lake. Recreation opportunities accessible from Butcher Boy Picnic Ground include but are not limited to the following: mountain biking, hiking & walking, water sports, fishing, canoeing, four-wheel driving and horseback riding. Picnic season begins in May and continues to October. The grounds are equipped with tables, toilets, fireplaces and trash collection. Camping is prohibited in these areas they are for Day-use only. All picnic grounds close at 10:00 p.m.

Directions from Leadville: From Harrison Street in Leadville turn on to West Sixth Street and follow it to its end. Turn right on to Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 104) and follow it along the southern shore of Turquoise Lake. Drive approximately 10 miles past the dam to Butcher Boy Family Picnic Ground and May Queen Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing dates vary due to weather conditions.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Turquoise Lake - Tabor Boat Ramp, Matchless Boat Ramp
ICON Boating Turquoise Lake
ICON Fishing Turquoise Lake - Butcher Boy Angler Parking
ICON Hiking & Walking Turquoise Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Timberline Lake Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Colorado Trail, Hagerman Pass, St. Kevin Road, Bear Lake Road, Timberline Lake Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Plant Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Wildflower Identification Turquoise Lake General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Mountain Biking Dam Flats Loop; St. Kevin, Turquoise Lake Loop; Sugarloaf Mountain
ICON Motorcycle Riding Hagerman Pass, Sugarloaf Mountain Road, Bear Lake Road, St. Kevin Road
ICON Canoeing Turquoise Lake
ICON Picnicking Butcher Boy Picnic Ground

Related Activities
Bear Lake Trailhead - The trail that uses the Bear Lake Trailhead is the Colorado Trail in segment 9, Tennessee Pass to Turquoise Lake. From this landmark the Colorado Trail leads southwest toward the Timberline Lake Trailhead.

Colorado Midland-Hagerman Pass Trail - This is a moderately easy loop in the Hagerman Pass area. This is a great walk for those with an interest in railroad and western history.

Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) - This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.

ColoradoTrail (Tennessee Pass to Turquoise Lake) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads users through lodgepole, spruce-fir and aspen forests. It consists of moderately difficult terrain.

Father Dyer Campground - The following eight campgrounds surround Turquoise Lake: Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Father Dyer, Molly Brown, Printer Boy, Silver Dollar and Tabor. The Father Dyer Campground has the capacity to house trailers up to 32'.

Hagerman Pass - Visitors traveling the entire Hagerman Pass Road from Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 105) to Fryingpan Lakes Road (State Highway 4) drive 22.5 miles.

May Queen Campground - The following eight campgrounds surround Turquoise Lake: Baby Doe, Belle of Colorado, Father Dyer, Molly Brown, Printer Boy, Silver Dollar and Tabor. The Mayqueen offers 13 reservable sites of 27 without flush toilets and sinks.

Native Trail - This trail exists within the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. Hikers or horseback riders may use a number of different trail routes that vary in difficulty and/or length.

St. Kevin Road - St. Kevin Road can be used for many recreation opportunities. Four-wheel drivers, motorcyclists, mountain bikers and ATV riders can enjoy it during the summer months. Snowmobilers enjoy it during the winter.

Timberline Trail - This trail accesses Timberline Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. This is open to foot traffic only.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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