Parks Ranger District

 Spring Run-Off in North Park


Parks Ranger District hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.


BIG CREEK LAKES - This popular recreation area is 35 miles northwest of Walden. Lower Big Creek Lake has a 54-unit campground on the shoreline. 30 sites are first-come, first-serve and 24 sites are available on the reservation system with, or you can call 877-444-6777.


The Helena Trailhead opened in July of 2012, with a beautiful brand-new multi-use boardwalk allowing hiking, horse back riding, mountain biking, and motorized uses to access the Grizzly-Helena Trail. 

TELLER CITY – The Teller City Interpretive Site is southeast of Walden. Teller City is an abandoned silver mining town established in 1879. A three-quarter mile accessible loop trail guides visitors through several building foundations and scattered artifacts. Interpretive signs explain the colorful history of the area.  The roads through Teller City, Calamity Pass, Jack Creek and Illinois River drainage are presently open to all motorized traffic, so views of the area are still permitted from the roadways (NFSR 740, 742, 750, 758, 743).

MOOSE – Moose were first introduced to North Park in 1978 into the upper Illinois River drainage. It started with 12 moose the first year and 12 more the following year. Now Jackson County boasts a population of around 600. They have become one of our area's main attractions. Since they were introduced, the offspring from the original transplants have spread all over North Park and moved into Middle Park and Wyoming.  To locals and visitors, North Park remains the "Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado."

The best areas to spot moose in North Park are in Snyder Creek, Willow Creek, Jack Creek, Illinois River drainage and the Michigan River drainage. Other areas include Hwy 14 between Gould and Cameron Pass, Chimney Rock around Muddy Pass,  the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and State Forest State Park.

In January of 2010, 20 moose were trapped from North Park and transported to the Flat Tops area of the White River National Forest, to begin a new herd there.

AREA INFO - For more information on current closures and openings on the Parks Ranger District, please call our Roads and Recreation Hotline at 970-723-2700, and press 7 during the message.

For adjacent Ranger District's information, please call Steamboat Springs, CO: Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District: 970-870-2299;  Saratoga, WY:  Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District:  307-326-5258; or Laramie Ranger Distric: 307-745-2300; or Yampa Ranger District: 970-638-4516