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Bear Lake Day Use Area

Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters)
Reservation Status: Not Accepted
Size: 5 Acres




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General Description

Bear Lake Parking and Day Use Area is located on Forest Road 422, 5 miles from the intersection of State Highway 12. It is but a short walk from the entrance to Bear Lake to Bear Lake Campground.

Bear Lake is a small 5-acre reservoir which is very popular with fisherman; it is stocked during the summer season by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Access trails for Blue Lake, Bear Lake Campground and the Indian Trail are located inside the campground and take off from the parking area. Parking for 8 vehicles is provided. Toilets and garbage cans are provided. The parking area is aggregate
surfaced. This is a fee area.

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; after about five miles you reach Blue and Bear Lakes. It is a typically rutted gravel road; watch yourself going up when the switchbacks turn, some are very deeply rutted. Trinchera Peak 4WD Road 436 begins across from the entrance to Blue Lake Campground, on the left side. The day use sites are located along the first 2 miles of Forest Road 422. All day use picnic sitesinclude at least one unit which is handicapped accessible.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through Mid-October (NOTE: Access road gate closed by 15 November) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Parking and Day Use Fee Call for Current Fee No water, toilets at Bear Lake



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping Blue Lake and Bear Lake
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Blue Lake and Bear Lake
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Stocked in the summer
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road
No
ICON Games & Play Bear Lake Day Use Area
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Numerous trails from Trinchera Peak and Indian Creek Trailheads
No
ICON Hunting In season
No
ICON Mountain Biking Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON Mountain Climbing Trinchera Peak
No
ICON ATV Riding Trinchera Peak 4 WD Road and Indian Creek Trail
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Trinchera Peak 4 WD 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
Baker Trail - Baker Trail is accessed via Dodgeton or Indian Creek Trails, making a loop trip possible.

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.

Dodgeton Trail - This trail starts at Spring Creek Trailhead, where there is parking, a new toilet and picnicking facilities. It is designated as a multiple use trail.

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).

Purgatoire Campground - Purgatoire Campground is located on Forest Development Road 34 approximately 4miles west of its intersection with State Highway 12.

Shortcut Trail - This trail links with Indian Creek and Dodgeton Trails and can make a nice loop with Shortcut and Dodgeton Trails.

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.



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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