State Forest State Park
Jackson County, 75 miles west of Fort Collins
The rugged State Forest State Park is in the moose viewing capital of Colorado, notably the North Park area where more than 600 of the huge creatures make their homes.
It is highly possible that visitors can see moose. A visitor center and store is located near the town of Gould on Colorado 14, where a picnic area, a virtual tour of the park, and maybe even some moose can be found.
Visitors can also learn about geocaching, a popular activity in the park, and GPS units can be rented.
State Forest has 71,000 acres of forest along the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains and stretching into the north end of the Never Summer Range.
Activities include camping, hiking, four-wheeling, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, telemark skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, birding, wildlife viewing and geocaching.
The North Michigan Reservoir offers access to some activities on the water, including wakeless boating in the summer.
Birds also are a popular attraction for visitors, including Stellar’s jays, Gray’s jays, chickadees, red crossbills, white-breasted nuthatches, red-winged blackbirds, and many others. In the summer come the hummingbirds, broad-tail, rufous, black-chin and calliope.
State Forest offers four campgrounds, including five sites available near North Michigan Reservoir spillway that are plowed in the winter months. Several cabins are available all year, with huts and yurts also for rent.
State Forest State Park office
56750 Colorado 14
Walden, CO 80480
Park hours: 24 hours a day.
Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.