Mancos State Park is secluded in a picturesque mountain wilderness, twenty miles northeast of Cortez. Jackson Gulch Lake is the highlight of the park. It’s an outstanding place to fish year round and open to wakeless boating.
Biking: Permitted on most trails; single-track. Trails within the park often connect with National Forest trails, as well as the Denver-to-Durango Colorado Trail. Closed mid-October until Spring when lake deices.
Boating: 217 acre lake; Wake-less boating – use of hand-powered crafts is permitted: canoes, kayaks, sailboats, etc.
Cabins & Yurts: $70/night + $10 non-refundable reservation, $10/night/pet, Open year round. with gas heater and electricity.
Camping: Yes, 32 sites; 2 campgrounds; All sites are drive-up with a fire ring, picnic table and space for tent. There is drinking water, vault toilets, but no electrical hookups or shower facilities.
Equipment Rental: 1 Canoe, 1 Kayak, 2 Pedal Boats are available for rent during summer for $25/Half-day, $40/Full-day (more than 4 hours).
Fishing: Lake is stocked with rainbow trout a few times over the year. Yellow perch is also common.
Hiking: 5.5 mile system of trails.
Horseback Riding: Permitted on most trails which often connect with larger national forest trails.
Hunting: Not permitted in the park. The nearby San Juan National Forest offers excellent turkey, deer and elk hunting, among others. Another State Park in the area, Lone Mesa, offers select elk, deer and bear hunting by limited drawing.
OHV Riding: Cannot be used inside the park. There are several trails within nearby San Juan National Forest.
Swimming: Not permitted in lake.
Winter Recreation: There are lots of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails within the park. The two heated yurts are open in the winter and the campground is plowed. Some sledding spots exist around the boat ramp. Ice fishing is available on the lake.
Hesperus Ski Area offers tubing and downhill skiing, fifteen minutes away.
Address: 42545 Road N, Mancos
Season: Year round, 24 hours a day
Fees: $7/daily, $70/annual (vehicle)