Explore the most popular trails in Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

one of my favorite places to hike, especially with my son! the field by the parking area usually has 3-5 wild horses that roam freely there! Today there were 5 wild horses and they came right up to me and let me take pics with them and pet them I was surprised by how friendly they were! Beaver creek runs along the actual trail at one side, and is beautiful and clear!

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
25 days ago

I’ve done this trail for many years and continues to be one of my favorites. Just got back from another yesterday. Not for whimps. It is hard and can get very hot during the summer. So take plenty of water. But the feeling of being alone with nature in its pure, rugged, and undisturbed state is amazing. This area is simply beautiful. Totally agree with Shannon’s comments below.

blowdown
no shade
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

worst trail in the area, not maintained at all!! trail vanishes and then reappears only to vanish agian. completely overgrown. most of the trail is washed out, river is still running fast. very disappointed with this trail and although I completed it today, I will not be back and would not recommend this trail or the power lines trail which runs near it!!

hiking
washed out
5 months ago

this park is closed right now for some reason

backpacking
6 months ago

I wish there was a way to not give stars and just update the all trails community. This trails says backpacking and camping on the description, however when we got there there was numerous signs saying no overnight camping, day use only. I’m sure the hike is great but unfortunately we were not able to experience it.

backpacking
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

I've seen many people comment on the "No Camping/Day Use Only" sign. This only applies to the parking area and the valley there that is not a part of the WSA. I leave a note in my car stating i'm backpacking the WSA and the date i will return. i asked the park service about this and was told it was fine they just don't want camping/multi-day use in the area of the trail-head as it is not a part of the WSA. Of course talk with the park service/local sheriff but i've never had an issue backpacking the gulch

Talk about an adventure!!! I LOVED this hike, but I would consider this hard, not moderate. Where to begin... This is a very rugged hike. The trail is very narrow the whole way, whether you're on the side of a cliff or bushwhacking through underbrush. Other than the section I'll talk about below, it was pretty easy to follow- but you do need good trail sense and instincts, as it almost disappears at points. Check the app frequently to make sure you’re on the line. GORGEOUS too - we saw tons of wildflowers and the views at the top are incredible. We went the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and only saw one other pair of hikers the entire time. If you're looking for some quiet and something different, this is the hike for you. Just be prepared, bring lots of water and sunblock - it's not shaded at ALL. I would not recommend this for beginners or kids! Our dog did fine, but she’s experienced with hiking rough terrain and loves the water. Be sure to have a plan for how to get your dog across the water! Driving in: be aware that CR 132 is an 11 mile dirt road. I would've felt uncomfortable in anything other than my truck, but I did see a pretty tiny little car in the lot, so I suppose it's doable. The road is pretty rutted up and would likely be a nightmare after some rain. Direction: We went clockwise by accident and you will definitely get wet earlier in the hike this way, as everyone has said. We hit the first stream only 1.5 miles into the hike. You will have to do two back-to-back crossings here - not a big deal, but we did get wet up to our knees. The trail completely disappears between mile 2.5 and mile 3 (clockwise). There will be a fork in the trail right around the 2.5 mile mark where AllTrails will tell you to go left, even though it's blocked off by rocks and the right path looks better traveled. We should've just stayed on the right path because I think it would've synced up anyway - there is NO semblance of the trail at all towards the left after a hundred feet or so and I just had to watch my phone to be sure we were on the red line. You'll have to cross the creek twice more - the final one is right where the two creeks merge. I honestly don't know what we would've done if the battery had died. We did see some bear scat during this section as well (this sounds exactly like what a reviewer below me was explaining). Just be careful and make sure you have a FULL battery for this hike. Overall, we LOVED it! BEAUTIFUL views at the top and it was cool seeing our truck in the distance.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

The hike is absolutely beautiful for this area of Colorado. The trail is overgrown and hard to follow in places. But it was still an excellent hike.

Absolutely beautiful!!! I will definitely come back here again and again.

When you get to the parking area the trail begins at the end of parking lot and the .75 begins to the left towards the red rock formation. We did this on a beautiful day temps were in the 70's. It is so beautiful walking thru the canyons. We did it counter clockwise and it was good advice. The eastern climb is not for a beginner or visitor. The powerline trail has breathtaking views. The western area along the Beaver Creek and cliffs may be challenging for those with heights or water fears. I just grabbed a couple tree limbs and made walking sticks to help me balance and left them on the side of the trail. Water is not too high in march and april. Trail was easy to follow and we didnt get lost. I could see how it gets overgrown and you will definately have a hard time in summer and early fall. The trail is washed out a bit on the cliff on the western side of the loop, just be careful with your footing.

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

Delightful hike in a rugged canyon. At times, the trail is overgrown and difficult to follow. If you have a decent sense of direction navigation won’t be too bad. Beaver Creek is a nice reference to ensure you don’t veer too far off course. The AllTrails app was particularly useful for course corrections when the trail would suddenly vanish into thickets of bush scrub. I did the loop clockwise. The creek crossing(s) aren’t terribly difficult. I did get my feet wet, which meant sloshy feet for the majority of the hike. If you go counterclockwise you negotiate the creek toward the end. I recommend going counterclockwise for the sake of dry feet. Overall, the hike is gorgeous. The canyon and surrounding rock formations would make a great home for a mountain lion. At the highest point, you’ll see the beautiful snow capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

hiking
closed
9 months ago

I came in on highway 115, and tried turning on county road 132. The road is fenced off and not accesable. Found out that it must be private property on this side. So i drove up Barrett Rd and its all private once you pass the rv park. Im wondering if its open if i go back to florence and turn on phantom canyon rd and take county road over there.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
snow
10 months ago

Great trail! I took the creek route clockwise and busted a lot more brush due to it being overgrown. Great pictures of ice formations on the creek and one 5-6’ waterfall thats definitely not visible from the upper trail. It was well worth picking my way on the overgrown trail for the creek, canyons, and rock formations. On the turn east, away from beaver creek, i lost the trail and ended up climbing out of a small box canyon to rejoin the trail. After that, it was well defined for the rest of the hike. Trail Gulch trail was icy and slick in spots. Tho I had microspikes with me, i didn’t need them until the last two miles or so.

Excellent canyon countryside. Not a well-marked trail. I ended up on several false trail branches, but that kind of added to the fun of exploration. Took several attempts to find the right trailhead due to closed roads, private roads, and lack of accurate coordinates. Almost zero cell coverage, so be prepared to be out of contact. I did the loop clockwise as recommended by several who said it was better to accomplish the sketchy/rougher parts of trail near the start when fresh. There were two places where landslips had mostly taken out the trail, but there’s been some rudimentary work at making the trail passable. Plenty of evidence of bears and coyotes. Several creek crossing made keep dry feet a bit of a challenge.

hiking
Thu Nov 01 2018

I completed a night hike of this loop counterclockwise within the past 2 weeks. I don't recommend hiking at night here for 2 reasons: first it is closed after dark, and second, I was watched and probably stalked by a mountain lion somewhere in the last 2 miles. I had a staring contest with him for a good minute or so. lastly, I would recommend the right hand section of this trail(during the day) up to the point where you summit the peak. after that the trail is lost for several miles while crossing probably half a dozen small streams.

The views and areas are great but I question the person who designated this trail as moderate. There were maybe two trail signs, both at the beginning of the trail. If it weren’t for this app I’m sure we would still be in the mountains trying to find our way back, including when we were on the sheer face of the mountain staring down death convinced the trail led us there. Download the app and check it often!!! We did the trail counter clockwise. Going up and down the mountain was obviously the most difficult (very strenuous!) Best of luck to those who are brave enough to tackle this one!

I wouldn't recommend this trail. it is not kept up and requires a lot of maintenance

I did this hike with my Boston Terrier on Jan 14 of this year. We went counterclockwise because at first glance it is an easier accent. I want exactly acclimated to the altitude so this hike kicked my ass. That said the views are spectacular. Be prepared for a few stream crossings. When I went the streams were half frozen over so at times I had to carry my dog. Going counter clockwise this came later in the hike. I was tired but the cool feet were welcome. Finishing the hike on the high of the accomplishment, the feeling however dashed... when my 5 year old 25 lb Boston Terrier, who had EASILY covered 2x the distance I had on this hike, bolted after a squirrel near the parking lot as if we had just arrived!!!! Compounding my astonishment by showing absolutely zero signs of exhaustion even on the 30 minute car ride home. I mention this because the trail is NOT WELL MARKED. Had it not been for my trail trained lil buddy continuously tracking the trail I would have had s nich more difficult time. if its warm bring LOTS of water. it was ideal at 35-40 degrees for us in Jan.

hiking
Mon Aug 13 2018

This can be a great hike - if you're prepared. I completed this hike with 3 friends this past Saturday, August 11, and we all found it more challenging than expected, especially given that the most recent review here says "first easy hike...perfect for our 7-year-old's first time in CO"! I'm wondering if either they did a different trail or they just have the toughest 7-year-old in the world. The first challenging aspect is that this hike is located in the true Colorado desert, much of it without cover so you're hiking in the full sun. Second, it's a a lower elevation than most of the hikes we do in CO so there's not the normal escape from the summer heat that we're used to. I would not recommend doing this hike in the summer at all unless you have plenty of water - as in bring what you think you need then bring about half as much again - and you have the proper summer-time gear, like wide brimmed hats, lots of sunblock, etc.; or you hit the trail VERY early in the day before it gets warm. This trail is very rugged. The condition of the trail matches the fact that it is in a State Wildlife Area as it definitely wild! In many places it is overgrown to the point that you are pushing through vegetation without being able to see where you're going. Often we were essentially skirting the side of the canyon on a single-file trail. The trail itself is covered in largish rocks that force you to keep an eye on where you're placing your feet. If you want to take in the scenery, which really is beautiful, you almost have to stop to avoid a misstep. The trail isn't always clearly marked either but we did download the All Trails map and it helped us get back on track a couple of times, BUT, there is one section that apparently has been rerouted since the map was last updated. When going clockwise, right as you're leaving edge of the creek for the last time, there is a fork in the trail and the All Trails map tells you to go left, even though the trail on the right is more well-used and there are a few rocks partially blocking the left fork. We thought we should trust the All Trails map though and went left and wound up in what appeared to be a bear's bathroom! The trail just tapered out at an area of undergrowth that was covered in bear scat! We even passed a bear scratching tree with a big clump of bear fur on the ground below it. We wondered if the trail was rerouted to avoid a bear den! In any case we turned around and took the right fork and got back on track. The length of this loop is also a little longer than stated here. We started recording with the All Trails app as soon as we got out of the car, which was parked very close to the trail, and our round trip distance measured 8.2 miles. I think the 7.5 mile distance doesn't include the walk from the parking lot to the actual trail head. Overall I did enjoy this hike. The canyon itself and the creek are really beautiful and I loved that there was only one other car in the parking lot when we arrived - something unheard of in most places in CO on a summer Saturday. But as I stated earlier, it was definitely more challenging that we expected and I don't know that I would do it again any time soon. Maybe in the autumn and would still bring a lot more water.

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