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Cuchara Day Use Area #1

Number of Sites: 3
Reservation Status: N/A




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General Description

Aspen trees with wildflowers
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Aspen trees with wildflowers
Cuchara Day Use Picnic Site #1 has three constructed picnic sites with tables
and pedestal grills, and available parking for four vehicles (6 more within 200 feet). There is no drinking water but a toilet is located 300 feet from the site at the intersection of Hwy. 12 and Forest Road 422 and garbage cans are provided.

Directions from La Veta: Take Highway 12 south from La Veta, through Cuchara and past the turnoff for Cuchara Mountain Resort. Cuchara Recreation Area is a right turn onto Forest Road 422 . Along the first two miles of the road are the Day Use and Parking Areas. All day use picnic sites include at least one unit which is handicapped accessible.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping Blue Lake and Bear Lake
No
ICON Tent Camping Blue Lake and Bear Lake and dispersed sites on Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road
No
ICON Cold Water Fishing Blue Lake and Bear Lake, Cuchara Creek
No
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Trinchera Peak Road
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Numerous trails from Trinchera Peak and Indian Creek Trailheads
No
ICON Hunting In season
No
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Blue Lake and Bear Lake
No
ICON Mountain Biking Trinchera Peak Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON ATV Riding Trinchera Peak Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Trinchera Peak Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON Picnicking There are six day use areas in all, four within the first two miles from Highway 12
Yes



Related Activities
Bear Lake Campground - This campground is located at 10,500 feet above sea level and is within a short hike of Bear Lake. There are 14 single family units, each with a table, fire ring with grill and parking spur. Drinking water is provided.

Bear Lake Day Use Area - Bear Lake Parking and Day Use Area provides access to Blue Lake, Bear Lake Campground and the Indian Trail.

Blue Lake Campground - Blue Lake Campground is located at an elevation of 10,500 feet above sea level, within a short hike of Blue Lake. It consists of 15 single family units. Drinking water is provided.

Blue Lake Day Use Area - Blue Lake Parking and Day Use Area has enough parking for 12 vehicles. Included in this site is a handicapped accessible trail to and along the south shoreline of the lake. The parking area and access trail are aggregate surfaced.

Cuchara Day Use Area #2 - The Cuchara Day Use Areas include four picnic areas. These sites are located along Forest Road 422, on Cuchara Creek, within the first two miles of the road.

Cuchara Day Use Area #3 - The Cuchara Day Use Areas include four picnic areas. These sites are located along Forest Road 422, on Cuchara Creek, within the first two miles of the road.

Cuchara Day Use Area #4 - The Cuchara Day Use Areas include four picnic areas. These sites are located along Forest Road 422, on Cuchara Creek, within the first two miles of the road.

Cuchara Recreation Area - Cuchara Recreation Area gives outdoor enthusiasts a myriad of choices: picnicking, hiking and walking, hunting and lake fishing as well as a four-wheel drive road and trail suitable for ATVs and dirt bikes.

Indian Creek Trail - The trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake; connects with Baker and Dodgeton Trails, goes over Raspberry Mountain and ends at Indian Creek Road (County Road 421).

Indian Trailhead - The trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake; connects with Baker and Dodgeton Trails, goes over Raspberry Mountain and ends at Indian Creek Road (County Road 421).

Trinchera Peak - Trinchera Peak is located above Cuchara and this four-wheel drive road gets you a few miles closer to the summit. Travel through conifers to tree line, where all but high clearance 4 WD vehicles.

Trinchera Peak Four-Wheel Drive Road - Trinchera Peak is located above Cuchara and this four-wheel drive road gets you a few miles closer to the summit. Travel through conifers to tree line, where all but high clearance 4 WD vehicles.

Trinchera Peak Trailhead - Access to Trinchera Peak Trailhead is located above Cuchara on the left side of Blue Lake, which is part of the Cuchara Recreation Area. There is some parking for 2 WD vehicles at the trailhead.



More Information

Visitor Information:

San Carlos Ranger District, 3170 East Main Street , CaƱon City, CO, 81212, Phone: 719-269-8500, Fax: 719-269-9719

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