Vasquez Ridge is a wonderful place for recreation close to Winter Park. Camping, hiking and off-road vehicles are the main activities. The Vasquez Ridge accesses the same in-bounds hike-access ski terrain from the top of Mary Jane.
Biking – Mountain biking is common on the flat loop that is Co Rd 7.
Camping – This is probably the best primitive camping in Winter Park. It’s easily accessed from downtown, the roads aren’t super bumpy, and the there’s plenty of wooded, creek-side campsites for free.
Read about the Camping near Winter Park and Fraser.
Fishing – The creek runs behind the campsites into a pond near the end of the road. People fish the pond. It’s OK, not super big.
Hiking – Vasquez Ridge Trail
OHV – Permitted on Co Rd 7/Vasquez Rd and other forest service roads.
Winter Recreation – The road back may close due to snow, but otherwise open to cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Take Vasquez Rd from downtown Winter Park. Follow it back for a couple miles to a national forest info sign. The road dead-ends a few miles back and loops around on the other site of the creek.
St. Louis Creek is another recreation spot in neighboring Fraser.
Address: Vasquez Rd, Winter Park, CO
Season: Year round
Map: Sulpur South (PDF – Large) Motor vehicle use map containing forest service roads and where dispersed camping is permitted.