Bill Moore Lake/Empire Loop


The Bill Moore/North Empire loop, north of Empire, CO offer a network of roads for OHV opportunities.  This road is very rocky and steep in places especially to Bill Moore Lake. Make sure you have a 4-wheel drive/high clearance vehicle. You may encounter other vehicles coming down, so be prepared To Bill Moore Lake take forest road 171.2 to 183.1(left fork), 183.1A provides for a by-pass route to get around a difficult section of the road. Continue on 183.1 to a long steep descent and on to the lake. To the Empire Loop take forest road 171.2 to 171.3. Refer to the Ranger District's motor vehicle use map (MVUM) for more information on roads in this area. Click here for more information about dispersed camping near Idaho Springs and Georgetown.  

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: All vehicles must be either street-legal or registered annually through Colorado State Parks' OHV Registration Program. All motorized vehicles are restricted to open routes designated for their use. Contact your local District Office for a copy of the local Motor Vehicle Use Map.
Closest Towns: Empire, CO
Water: Stream/lake; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information


I-70 westbound, take exit #232 US Hwy 40 to Empire. Turn right on Main St. (North Empire Road) and follow the County Road on to Forest Road 171.2.



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  Area/Length : 
2.5 miles one-way to Bill Moore Lake 9 miles Empire Loop

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  Elevation : 
9,800' - 10400