Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area
Looking west in Apache Canyon
From Trinidad go 18 miles west on Highway 12 to property. There is an entrance on the east side of Weston and another several miles further west at the old entrance to the Golden Eagle Mine.
Bosque del Oso was previously owned by Basin Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of Montana Power Corp., who retained the mineral rights after selling the surface rights to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. I say this because there are at least a couple hundred coalbed methane wells on the property.
HUNTING: Elk, deer, black bear, turkey, small game, mountain lion
FISHING: Cold water streams
FACILITIES: Rest rooms, camping and parking areas
- Campfires allowed only in designated areas.
- Unless you're hunting don't be discharging the firearms or bows.
- Camping allowed outside designated areas only by hunters during hunting seasons.
- Park only in designated areas.
- Keep all food and garbage in bear-resistant manners.
- Road closures are posted regularly to protect wildlife and prevent resource damage.
- Closed from December 1 to March 31, except for licensed big game hunters and 1 non-hunting companion.
- No fishing allowed on the South Fork of the Purgatoire from day after Labor Day to first day of Memorial Day weekend.
- Artificial flies and lures only on South and Middle Forks of the Purgatoire River. All fish must be returned to the water immediately.
Spring run-off on the Purgatoire at the western entrance to Bosque del Oso
The Oso Malo Campground
The South Fork of the Purgatoire River