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Red Feather Lakes - North Central Colorado

Includes Livermore, Virginia Dale, Tie Siding WY

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.

Flowers along a hiking trail near Red Feathers Lake, Colorado
Mt. Margaret Trail Offers You Carved Paths and Views of Beautiful Wildflowers
One of the many lakes near Red Feather Lakes in Colorado
Red Feather Lakes has 6 Public Recreational Lakes that are Open to the Public

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.

Dowdy Lake in the Red Feather Lakes area in Northern Colorado
Bring the Family to Fish in a Motorized Boat at Dowdy Lake, the Largest Lake in the Area
Rock formations surrounded by forest near Red Feather Lakes in Colorado
There's an Abundance of Granite Rock Formations for You to Explore

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.

Young men resting on rocks after a long hike, Photo Courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 77-Boulder, CO
Hiking is Better with Friends
Vibrant Reds and yellows of an Indian Paintbrush flower, Photo Courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 77-Boulder, CO
Indian Paintbrush Along the McIntyre Lake Trail

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.

Red Feather Lakes is near: Fort Collins & Poudre River Canyon

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Featured Red Feather Lakes Businesses

Lone Pine Realty Vacation Rentals  Email link icon Web page link icon
Secluded mountain hideaways! Vacation in a privately owned homes in Northern Colorado's Roosevelt National Forest near Red Feather Lakes, 50 miles NW of Fort Collins. 2 night Minimum -- 7th night free.

cabins vacation homes Family Friendly 

Ramona Lake Cabins  Web page link icon
In Red Feather Lakes Village near recreation lakes. Ramona Cabins are modern: fireplace, kitchen, TV. Denver 2-1/2 hours. Fort Collins 45 miles. Open all year. A day in the mountains; worth a month in town!

cabins Winter Lodging 

Red Feather Lakes Activities & Maps

Scenic Byways:
Cache la Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway

Red Feather Lakes & Poudre River Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Cache la Poudre River Rafting & Kayaking

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