Just outside Pike National Forest in south-central Colorado, you’ll find Eleven Mile State Park, an outdoor recreation area that is well known for its Gold Medal fishing, backcountry camping and big-game hunting.
All year-round, anglers and ice fishermen can find an ample supply of northern pike, kokanee salmon and several varieties of trout. During hunting season, small- and big-game hunters can take their pick from a range of wildlife, including deer, elk, bears, mountain lions and waterfowl. The abundance of migratory and resident birds also makes Eleven Mile State Park a prime viewing destination for birders, as they can spot everything from bald eagles to white pelicans.
Spend a night or two at one of the park’s many camping areas. Visitors can choose from nearly 350 campsites distributed throughout the park, or they can hike or boat into one of the 25 backcountry spots. In the backcountry area, there are approximately five miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore, and self-guided hiking tour maps are available at the park office.
Ice skate along the frozen lake while enjoying surrounding views of snowcapped mountains. See a herd of deer quietly traipse through forested trails. Spread out a picnic blanket and watch the sunset over the south shoreline.
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Photos: Copyright flickr/Jasen Miller; courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife/Kevin Tobey