Homestake Road is a gravel road, open to vehicle traffic in the summer but not plowed in the winter. It makes for a beautiful, accessible, winter trail that leads to Homestake Reservoir at 12 miles from the paved road. This road is infrequently traveled but is open to snowmobiles.
The road is primarily flat until the very last mile, and travels straight through a beautiful valley floor, passing beaver ponds, creeks, and wildflower meadows.
This valley is a known winter range of elk. Please avoid disturbing them.
Parking is very limited at the trailhead. Use extra caution pulling onto the highway. Obtain current avalanche information at 970-827-5687.
It is your responsibility to be aware of the potential risks and to take safety precautions at all times when you visit the National Forest. Changing terrain and weather conditions present a wide variety of hazards. Hazards include, but are not limited to: severe weather, snow and avalanches, obstacles of all kinds such as rocks, trees and stumps; over exertions, hypothermia, and becoming lost; remnants of mining and other activities involving excavations and debris; and exposure to unreasonable acts of other people.