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Changes coming to Clark Peak Cabins in 2016-2017

June 5th, 2016 by Clark Peak

Beginning in November, 2016, we will be closing for the winter season.

We will now be open from Memorial Day in May through the end of hunting season, usually around mid-November.

We hope to see you soon to enjoy Colorado Summer in the high country of North Park.

Summer Season 2016 has started

June 5th, 2016 by Clark Peak

After a cool and snowy spring, we have blue skies and new green leaves on our Aspens.  We are open and ready to greet you for your stay in Beautiful North Park Colorado.

Winter is over…spring is slow in coming but it is coming!

April 22nd, 2014 by Clark Peak

Winter is behind us in the high country but there is still a lot of snow on the ground in Gould.  This is the time of year our hosts refresh our cabins and lodge and start planning for the upcoming Summer Season.  Our cabins are open and the Lodge is waiting to serve you a home-cooked breakfast as well as dinner if you let us know in advance.

The Pond is still frozen but North Park Anglers located in Walden can show you prime spots for early spring fishing.  Trout in the area streams are getting hungry!

Here are just some of the Summer Activities planned for North Park and the Jackson County Area:

Pioneer Reunion June 29

North Park Days July 19-20

North Park Never Summer Rodeo – July 21-22

Moose Run Dual Sport Rally August 1-3

Sky’s The Limit Balloon Rally August 9-10

North Park Fair Sept 3-7

Come and join the fun and stay with us to enjoy the quiet of the high country of Jackson County

 

North Park Ice Fishing Contests – Winter 2014

December 9th, 2013 by Clark Peak

North Park Ice Fishing Contest dates for the Winter of 2014 have just been announced by North Park Chamber of Commerce.

Lake John / Cowdrey Lake will host their Ice Fishing Contest on January 11-12, 2014 and Delaney Butte Lakes will be the site for February 8, 2014 event.

For more information visit www.northparkchamber.com.

 

 

Winter has arrived!

November 29th, 2013 by Clark Peak

It is only November, but winter has arrived in Jackson County High Country.  We have some snow on the ground but not enough for the grooming equipment to start preparing the snowmobile trails.

This large malWinterMoose11_29_13e moose decided to stop by the pond during a snow storm.  He has survived the hunting season and hasn’t lost his antlers yet.

The Snow Snakes Snowmobile Club has set their 2014 Poker Run for March 1, 2014.  This is always a fun event exploring the trails in the Colorado State Park Forest and surrounding area.  Our Lodge will be a stop for the event.  Make sure you mark your calendars and make your reservations for a fun weekend.

The Forest Service has also announced the the trail over Illinois Pass from Grand Lake will be open this year.  This opens a lot of trails that had been closed for the past two years as the Forest Service removed dead trees from the beetle kill from around the trails.  We look forward to seeing many groups from Grand lake visiting our area this year.  Remember, we have snowmobile gas.

The Moose Visitors Center at the Colorado State Forest Park will be hostubg their annual Snowshoe and Cross-Country event the last weekend of February.  Skiing and/or snowshoeing in the moon light is a great experience.

We will be closed for a short while from November 30 through December 16, 2013.  Then we will open for the winter season.  With the early now, a new snow grooming machine and more trails being open this year, we look forward to a great winter season.

Summer is over – Fall is here

September 2nd, 2013 by Clark Peak

We have had quite the first summer and want to thank all of our guests.  It has been a busy time with many week-ends finding our cabins full.

This year the flowers were very beautiful and we have had good moisture for the first time in several years.  Drifters Pond filled up and the browns and rainbow trout that were stocked in June have grown to good size.  A lot of 1-2 pound trout have hook marks in their mouths!

Wild Roses and Columbines

Wild Roses and Columbines

Moose have been frequent visitors this year.  We have two cows that visit frequently with the calves.  A young bull is also seen often – he is growing his first rack now.

Mom brings new calf to pond

Mom brings new calf to pond

The Aspen and willow leaves are just beginning to show signs of turning.  A lot of the ground foliage is showing their bright yellow and orange colors.  The weeks after Sept 9 should begin to really have the best color.  Our area has quite a mix of trees so we have the crisp yellow and reds of the aspen against the green of our pines and firs.  The willows along our streams and rivers provide a mix of orange and red.  Jackson County is a great place to spend a few days in the fall as our roads are not as crowded as other parts of Colorado.  Plus we have great hiking trails in Colorado State Forest State Park and Routt National Forest.  For those you like to ride, our area is just about the best in the state for accessible trails for ATV’s and trail bikes.

Spring has come to Jackson County High Country

May 28th, 2013 by Clark Peak

Pasque FlowerAfter a very late winter, it is nice to see the beginnings of green around Gould.  There is still plenty of snow in the high country.  We have some green grass in the new picnic area.  And the early wild flowers are beginning to show up.

This weekend we had lots of Moose visitors.  Monday morning we had a small group of bulls that came strolling through the property.  They liked the new picnic area and the fresh willow buds along the pond.  Looks like it was a bachelor party as the cows are hidden away with their new calves.

Moose in Picnic AreaCountry Road 21 is open into Routt National Forest as far as the turn off to Teller City.  The Teller City road is still very wet and has lots of snow banks.  Forest Service Road 972 is open for about 5-6 miles until the snow banks get a little deep for all but the sturdiest off-road vehicles.  Other trails in the area vary from dry to snow bank blocked.  But water is running every where and the melt has begun.

The Michigan River is running bank full and the beavers have moved back in.  Fishing is a little tough in the streams because of high water, but the pond is filling up and the reservoirs and lakes are open.  Michigan RiverFor the best fishing assistance in this area contact North Park Anglers (www.Northparkanglers.com) in Walden.  They are the best guides in our area and their fishing shop has everything you need for a successful fishing trip this spring.

Our wild rose bushes are beginning to show some signs of life and the wild currant bushes next to the Moose Cabin have small leaves.  Next week we should have some real green around the property.

 

Renovations almost complete..we are open!

May 16th, 2013 by Clark Peak

Guest Lounge in Lodge

Guest Lounge in Lodge

Renovations on the Lodge are complete.  New guest lounge area around the circular fireplace has brand new furniture and is an inviting place to rest while you check in or to enjoy a homemade goody in the afternoon.

Moose Cabin is finished with all new furnishings, a new flat-screen TV, bed linens, and is ready to go.  First guests are already booked for Memorial Day weekend.

Wild Rose Cabin is finished as well.  The king size bed has new linens and new comfortable chairs in Rose to match the name.  A new dining table is ready to use for guests wanting to use the full kitchen.  First guests are enjoying the Rose tonight!

Bear Cabin still needs curtains and is being repainted.  It will be ready for first guests already book for June 4.

Fisherman Cabin is finished with new curtains, a new bed and bed linens.  This one comes with its own fishing rods and reels for guests use.

Lodge is sparkly clean and the new guest lounge looks very inviting.  Kitchen is now up and running and ready to serve breakfast AND for those guests who don’t want to cook or drive 22 miles to Walden, we will cook you dinner (with advance reservations).

New animal visitors this week have been:  Scruffy, a yearling moose, who comes around most every day; an otter family that enjoyed the pond…hope they didn’t eat too many fish; a pair of geese that we think have nested in the willows around the beaver ponds just north of our pond.

Guess who came to dinner

Guess who came to dinner

Today the web site is up and running and now guests can check availability and make reservations on-line.  We will be posting regular blogs now to let everyone know how great summer can be in Gould, North Park, Jackson County, Colorado.

Hope you join us soon.

Directions

May 2nd, 2013 by Clark Peak

From Fort Collins take Hwy 287 to Ted’s Place, then west on Hwy 14 towards Walden. Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge) is located approximately 15 miles west of Cameron Pass. When you pass the Colorado State Park Visitors Center and Moose Center, we will be 5 miles further on Hwy 14 on the south side of the highway (look for Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge sign).

From Denver take I-70 to Hwy 40 and travel through Granby to Walden, Then Hwy 14 east to the Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge (look for Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge sign).

Experience Gould, Colorado at Clark Peak Cabins!

May 2nd, 2013 by Clark Peak

Located within 5 miles of Colorado State Forest and Colorado State Park, and one mile from Routt National Forest, we are the closest full service lodge in the Gould Area. The Colorado State Park has miles of great hiking with excellent fishing in streams and lakes. Michigan Reservoir is only 5 minutes away, and Ranger Lakes are as close as 10 minutes. The Moose and Visiting Center for the Park is only 5 miles up the road for Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge. You can find out all about one of the largest land animals in the United States, the Moose, as well as have a good chance of seeing one in their meadows.

Routt National Park is accessed via County Road 21 accessed at the cross-roads where Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge are located. There are many camping sites in the forest as well as access the streams feeding the Michigan River which runs right behind our property.

The Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge is located on west on Highway 14 between Gould and Walden. During the spring and summer you might see elk, moose and lots of water fowl and during the winter it is a gathering ground for Elk. In North Park, you can visit BLM Land with Sand Dunes in the middle of mountain meadows.

Lake John and Delaney Butte Lakes are located 20 miles away and provide fishing a good part of the year. Both lakes are famous for their large browns, rainbows and native trout. Lake John has ice fishing in the winter. Lake John Lodge provides a place to grab a quick bite when you are fishing or visiting the area.

We are located directly on 130 plus miles of snowmobile, ATV and dirt bike trails. You can ride from the Clark Peak Cabins to Grand Lake and back in only 1 day utilizing Forest Service Roads up and over Illinois Pass.

We not only have trails for snowmobiling, ATV and dirt bikes but also hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing

We also have a private fishing pond on site for guests of Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge. While not a large pond, it has proven to be a great place for Browns and Rainbows that have been stocked over the past 7 years. Fishing is catch and release only….with the exception if your Under 12 child catches a fish, she may keep it! We ask that only flies and lures be used in the pond.

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