What to See and Do
Hiking and Biking
Emerald Mountain Trail
This trail is an out-and-back trail that can be used for hiking or biking. Emerald Mountain Trail provides a great opportunity for bird-watching.
Length: 1.6 miles
Blackmere Trail is a great route for both hiking and mountain biking. Keep in mind that this route can be quite popular in the summer months.
Length: 3.8 miles
This mountain biking trail is quite fun for bikers of most skill levels. With its beautiful terrain and forest landscapes, this trail takes bikers through pines and ferns.
Length: 4 miles
Fishing & Boating
For water lovers, Emerald Mountain is a great spot for both fishing and boating. Wind River and the surrounding waters of the area are great spots for fly-fishing. This area is full of beautiful brown trout, cutthroat trout, and more. For those looking to spend time boating, Estes Lake is a short drive from Emerald Mountain. Lake Estes Marina is a fantastic spot to stop and put in your equipment to enjoy a day on the water.
Emerald Mountain, being in the center of mountain ranges, offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing. This area is heavily populated by elk. The site closes from December through June to make way and protect the wintering and calving elk in this area. Outside of the closures, visitors can spend time at this site viewing elk, moose, and mountain lions. This area is populated with many other species of animals, making it a great place to stop for a picture. Be sure to respect wildlife in their natural habitat when wildlife viewing.
This day-use site is a fantastic area for picnicking during your visit. As BLM-managed land, public areas at Emerald Mountain can be used for picnicking. Alongside several picnic tables scattered throughout the trails, public spaces can be occupied for picnics. Visitors should set up picnic blankets away from main trails in order to avoid crowding trail paths.
While Emerald Mountain is closed for the winter months, Howelsen Hill Ski Area is located right next to this site. Howelsen Hill Ski Area is a great spot for backcountry skiing during the winter months. When visiting in these months, most visitors take advantage of the numerous ski trails offered at this adjacent site.