Monarch Lake Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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Located in the Arapaho National Recreation Area this trailhead serves as a major access portal for the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Facilities include parking for approximately 40 vehicles, restroom, and wilderness information cabin.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours
Rentals & Guides: Ranger-led talks and walks are offered during the summer. Check with the Sulphur Ranger District for dates and times. 970-887-4100, 9 Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 10, Granby, CO 80446.
Fees Arapaho Nat'l Recreation Area use fee required. $5 daily fee. Annual passes available. ANRA pass waived for wilderness overnight campers with Indian Peaks Wilderness Backcountry Permit.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Bicycles and snowmobiles prohibited and pets must be on leash around Monarch Lake and in the wilderness.
Closest Towns: Granby, Grand Lake
Water: None
Restroom: vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Sulphur Ranger District, 9 Ten Mile Drive, PO Box 10, Granby, CO 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4111, Contact Us

General Information

Directions: From Granby turn north onto U.S. Highway 34, travel approximately six miles to County Road (CR) 6. Turn east onto CR 6 (Arapaho Bay Road/NFSR 125), and drive 10 miles to the parking area.

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Special Designations Follow Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.
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Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

River and Stream Fishing

Special Designations Follow Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.
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