Taylor Park Reservoir

Written by on June 29, 2016 in CO Outdoor Adventures - 2 Comments

Nestled in a gorgeous valley and surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks, Taylor Park Reservoir in Colorado is a fisherman’s dream. It also happens to be an outstanding vacation experience nestled as it is in the Collegiate Peaks. At an elevation of 9,300 feet, during the summer months the sky is shocking blue, the air is light and crisp and a gentle breeze ruffles the water. Insect sing soft songs, the wind sings through the pines and the breeze carries the scent of sun-warmed sap. In the winter, the open valley offers outstanding cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities, but beware, it is really cold up there in the winter months!

Taylor Park Reservoir offers fine fishing for rainbows, browns, cutthroats, lakers, kokanee and northern pike. The eastern and southern shores have the easiest access, however, many fishermen find wading along the southeast corner near the inlet is the best place for trout and pike. The Taylor River below the dam provides some of the best river fishing for huge trout so be sure to save some time to experience the sight of these lunkers cruising the river. In fact, the largest rainbow trout ever caught and released in Colorado, was snared just below the dam and measure 40 1/4 inches.

Taylor Park Trading Post is an excellent place to come to relax in the great outdoors and enjoy all types of outdoor recreation. It’s family-owned and has been in business over 50 years. Just a half mile from the eastern shore of the lake, the trading post offers access to camping, hiking, motorcycling and ATV rides, fishing, hunting, photography, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling in the surrounding area. The trading post itself offers a general store, a gift shop, rental cabins, full hook-up RV sites and the restaurant.

Nearby attractions include the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Blue Mesa, Crested Butte, Curecanti National Recreation Area, the old mining town of Tin Cup and the Tin Cup Cemetery. The closest larger communities are Crested Butte and Gunnison, each of which have great shopping and dining opportunities. Just north of Taylor Park is the ghost mining town of Pie Plant. It’s a bit of a ride to get back in, but once there you can see the remains of the settlement as well as explore the tailing piles and the mine itself.

Taylor Park Reservoir can be reached from the east via Buena Vista and Cottonwood Pass, or from the south via Gunnison north on highway 135 to Almont and follow Taylor Canyon Road to the reservoir.

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Taylor Park Trading Post

2 Comments on "Taylor Park Reservoir"

  1. lexus is September 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm ·

    Great site! much appreciated.

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