Taylor Park offers a vast mountain playground managed by the US Forest Service for all types of recreational activities. Taylor Canyon is home to the Taylor Reservoir and Taylor River, and located on the west side of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, famous for it's group of mountains over 14,000 feet tall. With plenty of camping sites, both developed and more primitive, it's a great home base to spend a week, or more, during the height of summer.
Taylor Park Activities
Taylor Canyon offers a fabulous spot for the water enthusiast. With great fishing, you can spend days trying different spots and catching more than your share of big fish. Or, if whitewater is more your thing, local rafting outfitters can set you up for an exciting day of riding the rapids. If you're more of a land-based adventurer, the mountain biking in Taylor Park is well-known for offering great trails with beautiful vistas. Or, rent a 4-wheeler or jeep and explore the roads less traveled. If you prefer to get around on your own two feet, the hiking in Taylor Canyon is second to none. Horseback riding and rock climbing are also popular things to do during the summer months. To fit everything in, you'll want to plan on a week at Taylor Park. Or, you just may have to come back again!
The Taylor River has many distinct sections. The headwaters of the Taylor (above Taylor Reservoir) is a classic high alpine stream that meanders under majestic views of the Collegiate Peaks. The water is a small to medium size stream with ox bows, long riffles, runs and some nice pocket water. There is a large number of streams that feed the upper stretch and offer wonderful fishing opportunities.
The sections below the dam to Almont is refereed to as the Upper, Middle & Lower Taylor. These sections offer approximately 12 miles of public water with easy access off County Rd. 742. The character of this section is technical fast pocket water with sporadic riffles and runs. The fast moving water can make for difficult wading at levels above 250 c.f.s. Commercial rafters run mid-morning and afternoon trips leaving the river quite and peaceful the remainder of the day during prime fishing times.
The most notable part of the Taylor is the .4 mile of water below Taylor Reservoir. This section is host to some of the largest stream born trout in the lower 48 states. Their large size is attributed to the tail-water from the dam providing a constant food source year round, the bulk of which is the protein rich Mysis Shrimp. Catch and release regulations are in effect on this portion of the river and it is fish-able year round. Due to the enormous size of the fish (many over 10 lbs) this section also receives allot of pressure so be prepared for crowds. The fish are wise and weary and conditions can be cold and windy, this can make for some difficult fishing but very rewarding.
Check out our fishing reports from local experts to plan your fishing trip on the Taylor River.
Where to Stay
The Taylor Canyon offers plenty of great camping sites, ranging from developed campgrounds to wide spots in the road where you can pull off for primitive camping on some of the 4-wheel drive roads. If camping isn't your thing, but you still want to stay near the activities and fun of Taylor Canyon, our Almont Lodging partners offer great options, including private cabins, rustic lodges, and a dude ranch.
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