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Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

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Address: Steamboat Springs, CO
Phone Number: 9708702299
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Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing,...

Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting.

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A great area for overnight camping; both campground or disperse. Great fishing along the Elk River; requires patience. Lots of hikes; Gold Creek, Zirkel Circle, Gilpen and Mica... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great area for overnight camping; both campground or disperse. Great fishing along the Elk River; requires patience. Lots of hikes; Gold Creek, Zirkel Circle, Gilpen and Mica lakes. I wouldn't recommend any of the hikes for small children or out of shape adults. While the hikes are not easy ones, you will be rewarded with spectacular views. If you... More 

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722 reviews
345 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Drive to it then hike around it. The fall is my favorite with the Aspens turning. The air is fresh and clean. Breath taking vistas.

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Tucson
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39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This one day hike leaves from a super busy trailhead with limited parking so get there early. You will see lots of people within a mile or two of the trailhead but otherwise there will be the perfect amount hikers for a solo hiker like me who like a little safety in seeing someone every 30 minutes or so. I... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Stunning. Beautiful. There is no reason not to go here. Although a 4x4 would be helpful if you do as the roads are pretty rough.

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Thank anniemh2o
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The MZW is truly a local gem. Three idyllic alpine lakes can be reached from the Slavonia trailhead. It is only 30 miles from downtown Steamboat Springs and getting to the trailhead involves a beautiful drive up the Elk River Valley and perhaps a stop at the Clark Store for coffee and a fresh muffin on the way or some... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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122 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The Gilpin Loop trail is well maintained and a wonderful, though long hike. The online information states its a 9 miles hike, but our GPS told us we hiked 12 miles and locals confirmed this length. It is worth every step and if you hike the loop anti-clockwise you hit the highest point of the hike and get the view... More 

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2 Thank SigDakar
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48 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We spend four days in Zirkel on a backpacking loop. In and out of the Lake Katherine Trailhead on the East side of the Wilderness Area. Stops included: Bear Lake, Summit of Mt. Zirkel, Big Horn Lake. Very high elevation -- most of the trip between 9,000 - 12,000 feet along the continental divide. Not many people. The pine beetle... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

We did the hike to the Mad Barn and back (4 miles). All of the elevation gain happens at the beginning, but don't lose heart. The barn is amazing as are the views throighout

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Denver, Colorado
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40 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Hundreds of miles of remote trails out here. Such a short drive from town and you find yourself in very secluded wilderness. Try the Gold Lake loop and eat at the Clark General Store coming back home.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Miles of trails await the visitor here who chooses a variety of recreational opportunities a 50 minute drive from Steamboat. The Zirkels contain the most productive watershed in the state of Colorado - the Elk River so water is not an issue here. Abundant fishing, mountain biking, hiking and trail running are all within reach. In the fall wear bright... More 

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