Mother Natures Masterpiece
Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created Big Creeks Lakes. The amazing beauty of this masterpiece set in the Zirkel Wilderness is awe inspiring and continues to bring back visitor’s year after year. Big Creek Lakes is just 35 miles Northwest of Walden and can be found on the scenic jaunt from Walden to Cowdrey, by way of the historic cow town of Pearl. This hidden gem is treasured by the locals and revered by mountain escape lovers across the country.
The backdrop of Big Creek Lakes is set at 9000’ in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The area was closed off in the summer of 2016 when the devastating Beaver Creek Fire began near the lake campground. Outdoor enthusiasts are excited to have an opportunity to return to the popular mountain retreat this summer though to hike, fish, camp, boat and enjoy all that she has to offer. Those that frequent the area find a kindship with the lake duo that is also home to the coveted Big Creek Falls. The falls are a short hike from the Lower Lake and offer hikers of any age a great side activity when enjoying the lake activities.
One of the priceless gems at Big Creek Lakes is the Chapel In The Pines located on the North side of the lake, East of the bridge. This chapel truly does feed one’s soul and has hosted hundreds of weddings and life celebrations over the years. Nothing can reconnect you with nature like the ambiance of the setting at the Big Creek Chapel In The Pines. Those interested in having a North Park destination wedding in the mountains should look no further. Using the chapel for an event does require a reservation due to the popularity of the setting. This can easily be done through the regional US Forest Service office located in Walden.
Most come to the lakes to enjoy the water and what is hidden in the depths of its core. The Lower Big Creek Lake is the second largest natural lake in the state of Colorado. It is an angler’s paradise and boasts populations of Lake Trout, Tiger Muskie, Greyling and Kokanee Salmon. The Lower Lake is open to boats of all kinds, while the upper lake is limited to boats without a motor. With 54 campsites, plus a day use area, the 343-acre playground offers plenty of room to roam.