Taylor Park Reservoir is a large body of water that provides plenty of opportunities to play outside, catch a glimpse of some wildlife, and enjoy stunning mountain views. The area is a local favorite to paddle, fish, camp, and boat.
Taylor Reservoir is managed by the National Forest service. It is one of the largest reservoirs in Colorado, so there is a lot for you to explore. Spend the day on a paddleboard, with the majestic Collegiate Peaks as your backdrop. Catch breath-taking views on the drive up as well, as your route winds along the Taylor River. The reservoir is about 35 miles from Gunnison, and 45 miles from Crested Butte.
Beyond just the reservoir, the Taylor Park area has a lot to offer. You may want to plan a couple days camping and exploring to really get the most out of your visit. For mountain bikers, Doctor Park Trail is described as one of the best mountain biking descents in the world. Motosports are also very popular in the area, weather you enjoy exploring on ATV, Jeep, adventure motorcycle, or dirt bike. Hikers will be thrilled with the trails in Taylor Canyon, and closer to the reservoir. There are also opportunities for horseback riding and rock climbing. Taylor Park truly has something for everyone!
The Taylor Marina sits on the southern edge of the Taylor Reservoir, and is typically open mid-May through September. The Marina offers boat rentals and fishing equipment. Taylor Reservoir is home to some epic fishing, so if you’re a fisherman make sure you take advantage! The marina also has a restaurant where you can grab some after a day on the reservoir!
There are two established campgrounds near the shore of Taylor Reservoir. Lakeview campground sits right above the reservoir and provides easy access to the water. River’s End campground is located on the northern end of the reservoir and has sites available on a first come first serve basis. Dispersed camping is also permitted along Forest Service Roads above Taylor Reservoir, just make sure you’re 100 feet from any water source.
From Crested Butte - take Highway 135 south about 13 miles, then make a left onto Jack’s Cabin Cutoff. You’ll take a slight left onto CR 742/Taylor Canyon Road. Follow that for 20 miles and you’ll come to the lake. You can park and put in at the General Store, or find a pull out along the road.
From Gunnison - take Highway 135 north for about 10 miles and make a right onto Jack’s Cabin Cutoff. You’ll take a slight left onto CR 742/Taylor Canyon Road. Follow that for 20 miles and you’ll come to the lake. You can park and put in at the General Store, or find a pull out along the road.
Intro to SUP:
Let Wheelies and Waves’ guides show you the ropes of stand-up paddleboarding. We offer Intro to SUP lessons at Taylor Park Reservoir so you can gain the confidence and skills you need to really enjoy paddling in Gunnison Valley. We guarantee you’ll learn all the fundamentals of SUP, and have a blast doing it!