Shadow Mountain Dam Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Trailhead located at the southern end of Shadow Mountain Reservoir next to the dam and Green Ridge Campground. Trailhead provides access to Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. There is parking for about 12 vehicles.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours
Rentals & Guides: No
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Toilets,Parking
Fees Arapaho Nat'l Recreation Area use fee required. $5 daily fee. Annual passes available.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Trailhead provides access to trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pets and bicycles are prohibited on National Park Trails.
Closest Towns: Grand Lake, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The trailhead is located in the Arapaho National Recreation Area (ANRA), 12 miles northwest of Granby on U.S. Highway 34 and two miles east on County Road 66, Forest Road 274 (on Shadow Mountain Lake) to Green Ridge Campground. Drive between the campground loops to the lake's shore and park on the right.

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

From US Hwy. 34, drive 1 1/2 miles along Green Ridge Road (County Road 66) to the Green Ridge Campground. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing trail access starts at the parking area above the Green Ridge Campground and on the west side of the Shadow Mountain Dam. This accesses trails into Rocky Mountain National Park along the east side of Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are allowed in much of the Sulphur Ranger District. Contact the Sulphur Ranger District Office for more information at (970) 887-4100, 9 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, CO.
Nearby ResortsThe town of Grand Lake is the nearest community.
Warming SheltersNone
Base ConditionsSnow must be at least 6" deep before snowmobiling is allowed. Natural resources must not be damaged.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Interpretive Site
Toilets adjacent campground
Fee charged for some activities
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