Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park

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View of Ouzel Falls
View of Calypso Cascades

Wild Basin is a scenic trail and the southeastern entrance station of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, United States. It is located north of Allenspark off State Highway 7.

A dirt road leads to a ranger station, parking and horseback or hiking trails. The trail to Bluebird Lake and Ouzel Lake follows the North St. Vrain Creek (which is a tributary of the South Platte River)[1] passing Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls along the way, leading to Ouzel Lake and Bluebird Lake. Both Ouzel Falls and Ouzel Lake are named after a North American species of bird, Cinclus mexicanus, also known as a dipper.[2] Other trails lead to Thunder Lake, Finch Lake, and Pear Lake. There is only one main road through the park, which was paved in six years by 35 convicts.

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  1. ^ Chronic and Williams (2002). Roadside Geology of Colorado: Second Edition; Mountain Press Publishing Company. Page 211.
  2. ^ Kent and Donna Dannen (2002). Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park: Including Indian Peaks Wilderness: Ninth Edition. The Globe Pequot Press. Pages 125-132.

References[edit]

  • Chronic, Halka and Williams, Felicie; Roadside Geology of Colorado: Second Edition; Copyright 2002 by Halka Chronic and Felicie Williams; Mountain Press Publishing Company; ISBN 0-87842-447-4
  • Dannen, Kent and Donna; Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park: Including Indian Peaks Wilderness: Ninth Edition; The Globe Pequot Press; Copyright 1978, 80 82 83, 85, 89, 94, 2002 by The Globe Pequot Press; ISBN 0-7627-2245-2

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Coordinates: 40°12′05″N 105°36′43″W / 40.20138889°N 105.61194444°W / 40.20138889; -105.61194444