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Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area

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Beautiful place to hike or horseback ride! Great views - LOVE to spend tim up here!!

We love to take the horse up here and go for a great ride with beautiful view! I also love to hike... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2012
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
A Gem

I wouldn't recommend hiking here if you have breating or cardio problems - my GPS read 8700 elev... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2012
Grandville, Michigan
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Remote, scenic area near the northern Colorado border popular for fishing, hiking and whitewater rafting.
Steamboat Springs, CO
+1 970-870-2299
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

I'll qualify this report by letting you know I live near Rocky Mountain National Park and the adjacent Indian Peaks Wilderness. Everything is relative to something else, especially what you're used to. I'm used to spectacular mountain hikes and scenery. So, compared to what I've...More

6  Thank Travalien
Reviewed September 18, 2012

We love to take the horse up here and go for a great ride with beautiful view! I also love to hike up here - all the trails are great and you can't beat the views!

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

I wouldn't recommend hiking here if you have breating or cardio problems - my GPS read 8700 elev. and the trails are arduous - but if you're healthy and love nature, go here. The views and photo ops are excellent, not to mention the clean...More

3  Thank KNDeVries
Reviewed July 11, 2012

This is not exactly an area of towering peaks as most of the peaks have a rounded appearance. In addition, there are whole mountainsides of dead pines. However. around Mt. Zirkel you get rocky cliffs and some jagged ridge lines. We hiked up to Lake...More

8  Thank fiddlebike
Reviewed April 16, 2012

I have hiked 200 hundred miles of trails in Mt Zirkel and I am not even close to seeing everything there is to see. The vistas are spectacular as are all the alpine lakes. Camping and backpacking heaven.

8  Thank Geary B
Reviewed March 29, 2012

A great natural landscape for hiking. Gold and Gilpin lakes on the west side of the Zirkels are favorites, so they get busy in the summer. If you want seclusion, enter from Big Creek Lakes north of Walden or take a hike to Lake Katherine...More

4  Thank hikerwpet
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Peaks, waterfalls, not a lot of people, and the Zirkle circle a long hard one day hike. After RMNP (which I love) a treat to get some quiet.

4  Thank alireiner
Reviewed January 30, 2012

A great place to hike, camp and fish. We also go x-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter - easy access off of Seed House road. It is particularly beautiful in the Fall when the aspens are turning.

2  Thank moac4
Reviewed December 31, 2011

The back country is great place for hiking and horse back riding. But the beetle blight has destroyed much of the beauty of the area.

Thank Dave B
Reviewed December 30, 2011

The Zirkel Circle is one of the most beautiful hikes in Steamboat, with the trail being about 11 miles and taking 5-7 hours. There is evidence of beetle kill everywhere, though, even though this is one of most pristine areas in all of Colorado. You...More

1  Thank otis1978
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August 4, 2018|
Response from Joann K | Reviewed this property |
No, this can only be hiked, with that being said, one side is shorter than the other. It’s a little challenging with the elevation and different terrain, but you still may be able to make it from the lot up.
Kyle L
March 6, 2018|
Response from PrincessOfYahweh | Reviewed this property |
You can camp where you like. Just be sure to know the rules of a wilderness area, such as making camp off the trail and at least 100 ft from water sources. It's beautiful there! Have fun!
Susan A
January 2, 2017|
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Response from Gobeach56 | Reviewed this property |
It's pretty rugged and rustic so I'm thinking that it's not.