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Description - Kobey Park, above the old sawmill at Lenado, is a historic logging area with many spur roads. It affords a beautiful view of the Elk Mountains, Williams Mountains, and the Sawatch Range. A superb view of Mt. Yeckel can be found at the end of Road #526.

This is a favorite jeep use ground in the autumn when the leaves are turning colors. Most of the trip does not require 4-wheel drive. This is a fairly well maintained 4 WD road. This road is used by mountain bikes, 4 WD's, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles in the winter. While camping sites are numerous, water is scarce.

From Lenado continue up the 4 WD road, #103. This road is sometimes called Christmas Tree Road since it winds back and forth around the mountain. There are numerous spur roads, stay on the main road. At the intersection between Roads 103 and 508 keep straight on Road 508 to Kobey Park (Road 103 goes to the right, intersects with Road 526, and heads to Margy's Hut). Mt. Yeckel can be accessed from Road 526.

Attractions - Attractions in this area include an extensive network of jeeping roads left over from the logging era. Hiking trails also connect to the "four-corners" region above the Hunter Creek Valley norhteast of Aspen.

Recreation - Some of the numerous recreation opportunities available in this area include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, backcountry camping, fishing, four-wheel driving, sightseeing. Winter brings possibilities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Climate - In the valley bottoms, summer high temperatures extend into the mid 80s, with cool evenings that can often dip into the 30s. Winter lows occasionally dip to minus 30 degrees, though daytime temperatures are often in the 20s to 30s. The relative humidity is quite low throughout the year. Most of the area and its recreation facilities lie at higher elevations where significantly lower temperatures and more precipitation can be expected. Afternoon summer thunderstorms are common. Snow is possible at any time of year in the highest elevations. The high elevation roads and trails are often not clear of snow until mid-July.

Location - This area lies to the north of Aspen and around the old town of Lenado. Kobey Park is located to the north of Woody Creek.

Directions from Aspen: Travel west 7 miles from Aspen on Highway 82 to the Woody Creek turnoff on your right. At the bottom of the hill and across the bridge turn left to the Woody Creek Tavern. About a 1/4 mile past the tavern make a sharp right onto Road 18 and drive 10 miles to Lenado. From there continue on the road to Kobey Park.


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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Camping Kobey Park
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ICON Four-Wheel Driving Kobey Park
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ICON Hiking & Walking Kobey Park
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ICON Horseback Riding Kobey Park
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Kobey Park
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Kobey Park
Yes


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Additional Information:
Aspen Area - Aspen sits at the upper end of the scenic Roaring Fork Valley, in the mountains of west-central Colorado. Aspen is a world-class ski resort, and with its mountain setting, a center for endless other outdoor recreation activities.
Aspen Ranger District - The Aspen Ranger District surrounds the resort town of Aspen, at the upper end of the Roaring Fork River Valley. It encompasses some spectacular mountain terrain in the Elk Mountains, and Sawatch Range.

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