Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge are located in Gould, Colorado on Highway 14 in Jackson County, Colorado. We are 10 miles west of the summit of Cameron Pass and 22 miles east of Walden, Colorado. Our location is in the wooded area before entering beautiful North Park, a wide open space of grass lands, rivers and lakes. In the surrounding area, you will find many opportunities for enjoying the hiking and fishing at Colorado State Forest Park or wildlife viewing at the Arapahoe Wildlife Reserve, Routt National Forest or overlooking our pond.
Located within 5 miles of Colorado State Park, and one mile from Routt National Forest, it is in the heart of some of the most beautiful country in Northern Colorado.
Some of our favorite places in the Gould, Colorado area are:
Colorado State Forest Park
The Visitors Center (often called the Moose Center) is located five (5) miles east on Highway 14 from the Lodge. The Forest lies within 71,000 acres of the great outdoors. Almost any outdoor activity imaginable is available with this area. There are miles and miles of trails for all to use.
The area is one that is very “machine” friendly as the old logging roads provide miles of trails accessible to powered vehicles. ATV’s and trail bikes are found on these trails in the summer. Snowmobiles are the choice in the winter. Snow Snakes, Jackson Country’s snowmobile club, hosts a Poker Run every winter on the trails throughout the State Park and surrounding area.
There are also trails designed for foot traffic only. Hikes to such favorites as Lake Agnes, Crags, Ruby Jewel at the foot of Clark Peak are just some of the foot traffic only trails in the park. In the winter, snow shoeing is a favorite past time around the State Park. Every year, the last weekend of February the Colorado State Park and Forest hosts the Moonlight Shoe Show and Cross Country party.
There are many opportunities to try your hand at fishing in the Park. These range from Ranger Lakes, accessible by care immediately off of Highway 14, to North Michigan Reservoir to high country lakes such as Kelly Lake and Lake Agnes. Small streams that feed the Michigan River are also found throughout the park.
Check in the Guest Lounge in the Lodge for maps of the State Forest and Park.
A State Park Pass is required to use the facilities of the State Forest and may be obtained from the Visitors Center.
Routt National Forest
Immediately south and east of Gould lies one of the sections of Routt National Forest. County Road 21 just east of the Lodge can take you by car deep into the Forest. This is a forest of pines and firs and has been logged for many years. Gould was originally a logging camp and you will find many areas with open spaces where the big trees were felled. In many of those areas, you will also find many new trees enjoying the light available in the thinned forests.
Unfortunately, this area has been very hard hit by the Pine Beatle epidemic for the past 5-7 years. You will see many dead trees. The Forest Service has a current project underway removing the dead trees from areas near roads and campgrounds. If you are enjoying areas away from the main roads, please be careful of the dead trees which are subject to blow down on windy days. Never, camp near or under dead trees. And, watch out for logging trucks. Some of the roads are closed to the public when logging activities are underway.
This area is crisscrossed with old logging trails providing miles of fun for hikers, ATV’s, bikes, and horseback riding. Maps of trails in the Forest are available in the Guest Lounge at the Lodge.
The South Fork of the Michigan River is accessed from County Road 21 and has miles of good fishing. Silver Creek is also a pretty fishing stream. You will need a 4-wheel drive to reach the upper portions of Silver Creek. The Forest Service has a service center in the Town of Walden if you would like more information.
Just on the other side of Cameron Pass, about 10 miles east of Gould, you will find the Rawah Wilderness Area. This area is a favorite of serious hikers. No vehicles are allowed on these paths so all who hike will enjoy the quiet, peacefulness of the forest. Favorite hikes are to Zimmerman Lake and Blue Lake.
For those who might not want to hike these trails, Joe Wright Reservoir and Chambers Lake are accessible by car.
At the present time, Long Draw Road which accesses the far north end of Rocky Mountain National Park is closed because of logging operations. It may be a couple more years before it is reopened for public use.
In Colorado’s geography, a park is a treeless open space surrounded by forested hills and mountains. North Park is just such a natural wonder. Just a few miles west of Gould, you will drive out of the trees into the sage brush covered hills. This is an area of large ranches that grow some of the best hay in the world.
Other unique areas close to Gould are:
Arapahoe National Wildlife Preserve
Established in 1967 to furnish waterfowl with a suitable place to nest and rear their young. In the summer, you can see lots of birds from the pull-out on Highway 14 about 2.5 miles east of Walden. In the winter, you will see herds of elk as they spend the winter in the refuge when snow is too deep in the surrounding mountains. If you are interested in more about the ANWR, there is a self-guided nature trail at the reserve headquarters about 7.5 miles south of Walden on Highway 125.
North Sand Hills SRMA
The North Sand Hills SRMA is the only OHV sand recreation area in the State of Colorado! It is a non-fee, primitive OHV recreation and camping area with 300 acres of dunes, and 1400 acres total within the SRMA. The camping areas are dispersed primitive sites (North Sand Hills Campground completed and opening Memorial Day Weekend 2011). The trail system in the SRMA begins in the sand, winds through the aspen and sagebrush, and leads both to the dunes and up into the Colorado State Forest and the US Forest Service lands to the east. The North Sand Hills SRMA is a great family location for spring, fall, and summertime fun! A donation tube is located on-site to help us keep this special area open to free use!
The North Sand Hills is located approximately 10.5 miles north east of Walden, Colorado. From Walden, take Highway 125 north just past the town of Cowdrey. Take a right (east) on County Road 6 to BLM road #2509 (right). Follow the bladed road into the SRMA.
North Park’s Lakes
North Park is blessed with many lakes that offer year-round fishing. Lake John and DeLaney Butte Lakes are famous for their large trout and off some of the best ice-fishing in Colorado.