State Forest State Park

56750 Highway 14

The ultimate in rugged Colorado, State Forest State Park offers visitors 71,000 acres of forest, jagged peaks, alpine lakes, wildlife and miles of trails. The park stretches along the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains and into the north end of the Never Summer Range.

Moose is our claim to fame. North Park is considered the moose viewing capital of Colorado, with over 600 moose to be observed year-round.

The State Forest State Park has something for everyone in every season. With so much room and diversity, visitors can experience a bountiful array of outdoor recreational favorites such as camping, hiking, four-wheeling, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, telemarking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, birding, wildlife viewing and geocaching.


Caleb Williams

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

I loved the drive thru Arapaho Forrest and Rocky Mountain national park to get there. My wife and I spent the night at the north Michigan lake reservoir. We spent about $30 for one of the greatest experiences in our lives. The mountains, ice fishing while hearing moose in the distance, snowshoeing and building a warm campfire to keep us warm during the winter night. This place is awesome.

William Wallace

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

This park is great. I love walking around this area. There is never a dull moment. Every time I arrive I have a blast. I usually bring my entire family here. This is the best place ever! thanks for all the fun times you are the best here! miss living here because of this park. Thanks for all the good memories!

Steven Gonzalez

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

Drove through. Beautiful scenery. I recommend this to everyone.

Stan Owens

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

Love camping here on the n. Michigan reservoir loop. We have driven through, but not stayed in bockman loop which had rougher roads and not as much draw for us. We have hiked a couple trails by ranger lakes even with electric there, we would still prefer n.Michigan reservoir. Lots of day hike opportunities in the park. Plenty of wildlife viewing too. The moose visitor center has lots of good information available and helpful folks behind the desk. Probably, the biggest drawback of the n. Michigan loop is the lack of camp body availability. The camp host site sits empty. We asked at the visitor center and we're informed there is a camp host but they don't like the site so they stay at the maintenance building. That did not impact us much but is inconvenient for anyone wanting to ask questions or simply get some firewood. Overall, this was our second time here and we will likely be back again before too long.

Nicole Leatherby

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Warning, Warning! Numerous species of highly aggressive mosquitoes inhabit this park. After spraying with bug repellent every few hours, I still ended up with MANY bites. Aside from that, if you don't have a 4-wheel drive, don't bother trying to hike at this park. It will add many, many miles to every hike because you can't get to the trail heads. This park is not for hikers like us! It's jeeps, ATVs and those with mosquito nets. After looking for the bragged upon 600 moose for two days, we finally left the park and finally saw a moose just outside the park. Also the campground was completely without any trees so there was no shade.

Upcoming Events at State Forest State Park

January Full Moon Hike

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 at 5:30pm
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March Full Moon Hike

Saturday, Mar 3, 2018 at 5:30pm
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