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Badger Creek - Lower - Co Rd 12

Badger Creek flows year-round through a mountain valley. It is wide, deep, and the area is substantially forested. It is also one of the few primarily spring-fed streams in the region. This lower section is accessed by a rough four-wheel drive road. Let me repeat, this is a challenging road and high-clearance vehicles are required. Because of the remoteness you will likely never see another angler here. 


Accessibility: Hiking is required. You have to walk through some private property before reaching the creek, so pass through respectfully then access the creek down below.


Distance: xxx miles from Colorado Springs / 3 hours (about 1/3 of it on dirt roads) .

Season: This section can get very warm, with more moss growth and raising the water temperature, so we do not recommend fishing it in late August. 

Fly patterns: Hopper patterns, Elk Hair Caddis, Amy’s Ant, Yellow Humpies, Beadhead droppers.

Fish species: Brown Trout

Fishing Regulations: Standard Colorado

Techniques & Tips: Primarily dry fly fishing terrestrials; avoid late summer when the water temperature gets very warm and stresses the fish.

Camping: Not a great place for camping. We recommend making this a day trip.

Kids: Yes, but younger kids will have a harder time on the trail. Several stream crossings are required

Additional Information: There are a number of wildlife in the area, particularly elk. Be aware of the potential for seeing black bear and mountain lions, as well.


Lower Badger Creek


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Directions (approx 3 hour drive, 1/3 on dirt roads) 

  1. From Angler's Covey take US-24 West, about 30 mins, go 25.1 miles
  2. Turn left at Twin Rocks Rd, go 5.8 miles
  3. Turn left at Co Rd 1/Teller County Rd 1, go 5.9 miles
  4. Turn right at County Rd 11, go 4.1 miles
  5. Turn left at County Rd 11/High Park Rd, go 18.5 miles
  6. Turn right at CO-9 N, go 2.2 miles
  7. Turn left at Co Rd 2, Tallahassee Road, go 5.2 miles
  8. Turn right to stay on Co Rd 2, go 16.3 miles
  9. Turn left at Co Rd 12, it becomes Co Rd 11, go 3.2 miles
  10. When Co Rd 11 comes over a pass and opens into a big field, you will see a sign stating "Lower Badger Creek Access". Don't turn right at the sign, but take the next 4x4 road on the right approximately 100 yards past the sign. 
  11. Drive as far as your vehicle will take you and then hike the rest, 3.3 miles. Be aware of private property.

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