6 Reasons Park County, CO is the Perfect Destination for your 3-Day Weekend

Make the most of your long weekend in Colorado’s best kept secret. With days getting longer and warmer, you can’t help but daydream about all the fun trips and weekend get-aways on the horizon. Instead of hopping in line on I-70, check out destinations of all kinds in Park County.

1. You’ll spend your weekend outside - not in the car.

Making the most of your time outside is easy to do when Park County’s best destinations are less than 2 hours from Denver, Colorado Springs and Denver International Airport. Long weekends can be a blessing and a curse. You may have more time to travel, but so does everyone else! For those busier weekend holidays, ditch I-70 and take the road less traveled to Park County. Why spend your extra day inching along a highway?

2. Wilderness is closer than you think.

Located in Park County, Lost Creek Wilderness is a 120,000 acre wilderness space. Named after its disappearing and re-emerging creeks, it features unique rock formations, lush rivers and winding trails. Want to get away from it all? Unplug for a few days and attempt the Lost Creek Wilderness Loop. Approximately 30 miles, it is perfect for a three-day weekend or 2 days if you’re ambitious. Despite being located so close to the Front Range, you won’t be competing for campsites either.

3. You’re guaranteed to hook a big one.

Whether you’re an expert angler or a family celebrating their first casts - odds are you will catch some great fish and memories in Park County. Known as the Trout Capital of Colorado, you’ll have lots of world-class rivers to choose. For families and first timers, try shore fishing at the stocked Montgomery Reservoir. For those looking for instruction or access to trophy-sized trout, book a trip with Boxwood Gulch.

Paddling in Park County

4. Paddle-worthy waters are awaiting.

Memorial day, Fourth of July and more are known for spending time on the water. Park County is home to many reservoirs that are the perfect basecamp for those hot summer days. Pack your Stand Up Paddleboard, kayaks, canoes, motor boats or whatever else you like to float in. Set up camp on shore and spend a peaceful weekend on the water. With a mountainous backdrop, these are some of the best views in Colorado. Find your favorite and reserve a site!

5. Ditch those crowded crags.

Looking for adventure, easy approaches and crag-side camping? Check out Eleven-mile Canyon for a climbing cove amongst domes and other unique climbing features. Home to moderate and advanced sport and trad routes, all climbers agree the route quality is what keeps them coming back. With over 255 routes, you won’t have to worry about overcrowded areas.

6. Hitch a ride on horseback.

With many horse-friendly trails, Park County features great opportunities to see Colorado from a new perspective. Want the feeling of the true west without having to drive too far? Bring the family to Platte Ranch Riding Stables and American Safari Ranch.

Whichever way you plan to spend your weekend in Park County, you can be sure you’ll spend more time playing than traveling. Choose one activity or choose five - it’s a one stop shop for anyone looking to make the most of their days off and take advantage of everything Colorado has to offer.

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