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Tarryall Reservoir

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

North Tarryall Peak, Topaz Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, Pike National Forest, South Park Ranger District, Lost Creek Wilderness, Mud Hill, Mud Gulch, Baker Mountain, Farnum Peak

Last Known StatusOpen

This section of the Pike National Forest has miles of smooth and fast trails. The area might be best explored by street legal vehicles since there is no designated staging area or trailhead and some county roads must be used to access the various motorized trails.

There are three designated campgrounds on the shores of Tarryall Reservoir plus numerous dispersed primitive campsites once you get on the actual trails. The area is heavily patrolled by park rangers and the county sherriff. Basic camping supplies, groceries and gasoline can be found at nearby Jefferson Market.

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Nearest CityJefferson, CO
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From: Denver, CO
1) Take US-285 west about 55 miles
2) Turn left (south) on County Road 77/Tarryall Road, continue 16.7 miles
3) Look for campground entrance on the right, stage here.


LandNational Forest, County Land


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenJune - December
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areasnot permitted on county roads unless street legal
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSSome Areasnot permitted on county roads unless street legal
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areasnot permitted on county roads unless street legal
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law EnforcementYesDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.




Contact InfoPike National Forest - South Park Ranger District
P.O. Box 219, 320 Hwy 285
Fairplay, CO 80440
(719) 836-2031
Contact InfoColorado State Parks - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
CommentColorado OHV Registration Info


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Tarryall Reservoir Trail

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Tarryall Reservoir Trail

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Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeForest
Elevation9200 to 10000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (N)Breckenridge Medical Clinic (970) 453-1010
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)The Jefferson Market (719) 836-2389
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (W)Sinclair (719) 836-9300
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (W)Western Inn Motel and RV Park (719) 836-2026
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (W)Western Inn Motel and RV Park (719) 836-2026
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (W)Western Inn Motel and RV Park (719) 836-2026
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteTarryall Reservoir
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)The Jefferson Market (719) 836-2389
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteTarryall Reservoir
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteTarryall Reservoir
Boating Launch Boat RampOn SiteTarryall Reservoir
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