AROUND Meadowlark ranch
If you choose to venture out, there are daily excursion options to the historic town of Durango, taking a ride on the narrow gauge train, white water rafting, visiting Mesa Verde National Park, visiting the Four Corners, and more.
If you are interested in a trail ride please let us know upon booking and we can set it up for you.
The Lake Trail — easy
Tuckerville Trail — easy
Breakfast Trail — easy
Creek Trail — easy to moderate
Pine River Trail — easy to moderate
North Canyon, East Creek & Graham Creek Trails — moderate
Lake Eileen Trail — difficult
Cave Basin Trail — most difficult (map skills suggested)
The breakfast trail can be accessed from the Meadowlark property. All others are close by. Trails accessability is better June thru October. Drink plenty of water, eat light, and bring a first aid kit.
San Juan National Forest Services website:
Colorado hunting information and regulations:
Colorado hunting license:
Guide services are also available.
The lake has good fishing for rainbow, brown trout and northern pike. Browns are year round and best time for pike is mid-may to mid-june.
This area also offers a true wildness fishig adventure. Throw on a backpack with your fly rod and head over to the The Pine River Trail on the east side of the lake. The first three miles of the trail are on private land so be sure to stay on the trail and doe not fish in this area until you reach the national forest boundry. After reaching this point to the continental divide there are 50 miles of steam.
During fall kokanee salmon are in season. Date are:
Vallectio Creek (from Weminuche Wilderness down to the road 501 bridge) – Nov 15 to Dec 31
Grimes Creek (from water line of Vallecito Resevoir upstream) – Nov 15 to Dec 31
Guided trips are also available.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
There are also bars in the area which often have live music and food and drink specials.
If you prefer to have a cookout at your cabin there is a markets in the area as well as a liquor store.
19785 CR 501
Bayfield, CO 81122