Cowboy Lake #244


The Cowboy Lake Trail #244 begins at the Silver Jack Overlook at the end of Forest Service Road 858.3I and ends at an intersection with the West Fork Trail #240. The trail starts out descending the hillside to the lake, crosses the dam, and ascends the hill on the opposite side.  The view of the mountains from the dam is incredible.  After about a mile, it turns into a two track as it continues south.  At about the 2 mile mark the trail descend to the reservoir and crosses the West Fork of the Cimarron River which also provides access for fishing. The end of the trail, at its intersection with the West Fork Trail, is approximately another 0.75 miles.

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, and Mountain Bike.  After the first mile, the trail is also open to Motorcycles and ATVs less then 50 inches in width.
Closest Towns: Cimarron, CO

General Information


From Montrose:

Travel east on Hwy 50 for approximately 20.5 miles to the intersection with County road 858, Big Cimarron Road. Turn right onto CR 858, which becomes Forest Service Road 858 at the National Forest boundary, and continue south for approximately 17.6 miles to the intersection with FSR 858.3I. Turn right onto FSR 858.3I and continue to the Silver Jack Overlook, about 0.5 miles, to where the Cowboy Lake Trail begins.


T. 46 N.; R. 6 W.; Section 17. U.S.G.S. Map: Courthouse Mountain. Elevation: 8,895 feet. Latitude: N38.323, Longitude: W-107.541.



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Horse Riding & Camping

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OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Trail Riding

Open to Motorcycle and ATVs less than 50 inches in width after the first mile from the Silver Jack Overlook.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

  Elevation : 
9,061 ft. - 9,495 ft.


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