Coney Flats Trailhead

Photo of the Coney Flats Trailhead area

Coney Flats Trailhead is at the west end of Coney Creek Road, approximately 3.5 miles west of Beaver Reservoir. Coney Creek Road is a rough, native-surface road for experienced four-wheel-drivers only. There is a deep stream crossing that may be impassable at times, just east of Coney Flats. Parking is limited.

The free Boulder Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System (NFS) routes open to motorized travel and is available online.

The Coney Creek Road is open seasonally. For current information on road openings and closures, check the road status table.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: This trailhead accesses the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, which requires camping permits for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15. Day-hiking permits are free year round.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peaks Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires are prohibited year round.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and stock combined).
  • Processed weed-free feed is required for stock.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.  
Water: No
Restroom: No

General Information


From Ward, head north on Colorado Highway 72 for approximately three miles and turn west onto Country Road (CR) 96 at the Boy Scout Camp sign. Two miles on a well-maintained gravel road will take you to the private Beaver Reservoir. Limited parking is available on the north side of Beaver Reservoir where National Forest System Road (NFSR) 507 (Coney Creek Road) begins. Experienced four-wheel-drivers can drive Coney Creek Road for an additional 3.4 miles to the Coney Flats Trailhead.


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