Trappers Lake

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Trappers Lake

This large mountain lake on the northern Flat Tops is a long drive from anywhere, but it’s worth visiting to those who want to see some of the only easily accessible breeding Barrow’s Goldeneyes in the state. The lake is about a quarter-mile hike beyond the end of the road; bring a scope to help with the search. The goldeneyes should be easy to find on the lake throughout the summer. Much of the area around the lake and most of the entrance road is covered by an enormous burn area that is worth checking for woodpeckers of various species, especially American Three-toed Woodpeckers. This area is famous for prize-winning elk.

County: Garfield

Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Burn Area, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Stream

Directions: From the town of Buford, head north and east on CR 8 to CR 8A and turn right. Continue onto Trappers Lake Rd (CR 155) to the trailhead.

Delorme: 35 A7
Roads of Colorado: 52 A3-B3

Dates of Access: Closed during the winter months
Hours: Any
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None

Parking: Parking areas
Lodging: Luxury lodge, and both primitive and established camping

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Some car birding

Elevation: 9630

Latitude: 39.998938
Longitude: -107.230808

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Contact Info:

Trappers Lake Lodge:

Blanco Ranger District, 970-878-4039


Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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