Red Feather Lakes - North Central Colorado
Lost in the Rocky Mountains, Red Feather Lakes is far from the noise and stress of the city. This group of 14 lakes is about 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins. Six of the lakes are open to the public for trout fishing and boating. Surrounded by the Roosevelt National Forest, it is an outdoor playground: horseback riding, fishing, hiking, biking, off-road vehicle roads, and hunting. This area is a photographers dream with an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife. Look for elk, antelope, moose, mule deer, bears, quail, grouse, mountain lions, bighorn sheep and wild turkey. Wintertime brings cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers and ice-fishing enthusiasts to the area.
Suggested Hikes: Mt Margaret Trail: one way 4 miles, starting elevation: 8,093', peak elevation: 8,183', Easy. It is popular with hikers and mountain bikers alike. The elevation of Mt. Margaret is 7,957'. The last part of the trail is marked with cairns.
Killpecker Trail: one way 4.2 miles, starting elevation: 9,180', peak elevation: 10,920', moderate. The trail ascends from Deadman Road to the Bald Mountain Jeep Trail at Middle Bald Mountain. It is easy to lose the trail in the logged-over area, follow the Forest Service markers.
Link Trail: one way 10.8 miles, starting elevation: 8,400', peak elevation: 10,800', difficult. This trail is in the Rawah Wilderness, the trail climbs up through a lodge pole pine forest to the Big McIntyre Burn which offers great views of the surrounding country. The trail intersects the Medicine Bow Trail, the McIntyre Lake Trail and finally joins the Rawah Trail at Rawah Lake #1.
Featured Red Feather Lakes Businesses
At Red Feather Lakes Village, off Highway 287 between Laramie WY & Fort Collins CO. Triplex studio cabins with kitchen and bathroom. 2 have gas fireplaces. On-site: ICE CREAM SHOP and Antique Store.
Relax in Colorado's natural beauty! Vacation in a privately owned cabin. Secluded rentals in Northern Colorado's Roosevelt National Forest near Red Feather Lakes, 50 miles northwest of Fort Collins.
Enjoy the quiet that only mountains can bring you: Poudre River Canyon and Red Feather Lakes -- For a quick getaway or a destination vacation: mtn bike, whitewater raft, fish, hike, XC ski, snowshoe, hang out.
A day in the mountains is worth a month in town! In Red Feather Lakes Village near recreation lakes. Ramona's has modern cabins: fireplaces, kitchens and TV. Denver 2-1/2 hours. Fort Collins 45 miles.
OPEN ALL YEAR: Restaurant, Horseback Rides, Cabins, RV Sites. Western Ridge Resort is 30 miles NW of Fort Collins on Red Feather Lakes Road. Plan your Wedding in a mountain forest or meadow!
Red Feather Lakes Activities and Maps
Cache la Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway -UPDATED-
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Cache la Poudre River Rafting & Kayaking