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Featured hiking trail: Battlement Reservoirs Trail, No. 2160

Location: South of Parachute

Difficulty: Difficult, but short



Trail use: Light, heavy during hunting season.

Length: Two miles



Elevation gain: Beginning elevation is 8,280 and gains about 2,020 feet in elevation.

Suggested gear: Water, snacks, sunscreen and first aid kit are recommended.

Getting there: From Parachute take County Road 301 across the Colorado River to Battlement Parkway and turn right. Follow the parkway about 1.5 miles to Stone Quarry Road and turn right to Battlement Cemetery on the left. Take a left after the cemetery on County Road 320 and continue for about five miles to reach the trailhead.

From the trailhead: Lava Creek Trail crosses Lava Creek from the Battlement trailhead. This trail is for foot and horseback only. Battlement Road No. 847 is a rough, steep 4-wheel drive nightmare, which might be considered a haven for die-hards. This road is not recommended for novices and is recommended for foot, horseback or mountain bike use.

Highlights: Steeped in history, the Battlement Reservoirs are a chain of seven lakes located in a pristine, high mountain setting south of Parachute. The reservoirs were constructed with horse-drawn equipment in the late 1800s. Some of the vintage equipment remains on site. There is an old trail called the “Government Trial,” which historically was the main route through Battlement country.

Photos: Submit photos of your experience on the trail to jgardner@postindependent.com.

Information provided by

White River National Forest ” Rifle Ranger District


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