Open from May 15 through November 15, the Cuchara Recreation Area in Colorado is a great destination for summer or fall adventuring. Whether you want to take to the trails with a mountain bike, on horseback, or with an off-road vehicle of any type, you’ll be welcome at this park.

There is a $13 fee for camping, but none for entering, parking, or riding in the park. Covering an area of 40 square miles, there are 25 miles of trail. The Indian Creek Trail is an easy ride, but the Trinchera Peak Trail is for those who want a little more of a challenge.

Don’t be surprised if you see something moving in the trees, because there are black bears, mountain lions, and even wild turkeys in this part of the woods. The Aspen trees are beautiful, as are the mountain views. You’ll see a lot from the trails as the elevation ranges from 8,500 to 12,000 feet above sea level.

The trails are part loose dirt and part hard pack, with occasional patches of mud. You will find some small jumps along the way and even a few steep hills to climb.

From the Wolsenburg, Colorado area, get onto Highway 160 traveling west for about 11 miles. Take a left (due south) on Highway 12 and drive another 20 miles. Take a right onto NF-422, and you’ll reach the Blue Lake Campground in another 3.7 miles. If you prefer, the Bear Lake Campground is only another mile beyond that. Happy trails!