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Cuchara Recreation Area

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

Cuchara River Recreation Area, Indian Creek Trail, Trinchera Peak Trailhead, Bear Lake, Blue Lake, Cucheras Creek, Baker Creek, San Isabel National Forest, Dodgeton Creek, Raspberry Mountain, Harrison Peak, Napoleon Peak, Park Mountain, Steep Mountain, Boca Canyon, Hells Canyon, Bear Canyon, Cuatro Peak, Mt. Maxwell, Marquita Peak

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular summer destination offers scenic mountain views, beautiful aspen forest, camping, hiking, fishing and two designated OHV trails. Indian Creek trail is recommended for novice riders while Trinchera Peak trail proides more of a challenge for amateur riders. Portions of the trails may still be snow covered until early June. Mountain lions, wild turkey and black bear are among the many types of wildlife that inhabit this area.

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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenMay 15 - November 15
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoColorado Non-Resident OHV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic


Approx Size25,600 acres (40 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8500 to 12000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state recreation area has no sand or gravel pits.None
RoadsThis state recreation area has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state recreation area has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis state recreation area has many shaded areas.Many
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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest, State Recreation


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Cliff Brice Corner Stop (719) 742-3442
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Cliff Brice Corner Shop (719) 742-3442
Potable Water WaterOn Site Bear Lake & Blue Lake campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Mary's RV Park (719) 742-3252
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Mary's RV Park (719) 742-3252
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Cuchara Country Store (719) 742-3450


Tent: $13.00
RV: $13.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $13.00


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCuchara, CO
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Wolsenburg, CO
1) Take Hwy 160 West about 11 miles
2) Turn left (south) on Hwy 12, continue about 20 miles
3) Turn right on NF-422
4) Proceed 3.7 miles to the Blue Lake campgorund. Bear Lake campground is located about 1 mile past Blue Lake campground.


Contact InfoPike And San Isabel National Forest
2840 Kachina Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
(719) 553-1400
Contact InfoColorado State Parks - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
CommentColorado OHV Registration Info


Cuchara Trail Photo

Cuchara Recreation Area Trail

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Cuchara Trail Photo

Cuchara Recreation Area Trail

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Cuchara Trail Photo

Cuchara Recreation Area Trail

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Cuchara Trail Photo

Cuchara Recreation Area Trail

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