June 15, 2016
About an hour drive from Moab, on the west side of the LaSal Mountains, in Colorado is a little slice of heaven called Buckeye Reservoir. Scott and Chris had been there before and planned an impromptu ride for anyone interested in escaping the heat from the valley. With their puppy Zuni and grill loaded, they led a group of 7 vehicles to the reservoir for a picnic and afterwards a ride through the forest.
Buckeye Reservoir is a 109 acre reservoir and a favorite fishing, canoeing and camping spot. It is stocked with Random Trout by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. The recreation area is spread out around the reservoir and includes Pioneer Campground (reservable sights with no hookups), a boat ramp, a group camping site, a day-use picnic area and vault toilets.
We all met at the rest stop south of town just before "Hole N' The Rock".
It's the nicest and cleanest rest area I have ever seen with magnificent cottonwoods, lots of birds and bunnies and even a bit of history.
Getting to Buckeye Reservoir on a paved county road (Hwy 46) which turned into a well maintained gavel road was beautiful. The wild iris had just peaked.
|Fields of wild iris lined the road. Dee and I had to stop for pictures.|
Buckeye Reservoir/Recreation area is located in a valley at 7600 feet elevation and is set among mature stands of Ponderosa Pines.
The birds were singing, the squirrels were scolding, and cool breeze was blowing...ahhh !
Much to my delight, bright purple lupines filled the forest floor.
Scott grilled hot dogs, brats and burgers which we devoured with salads and deserts. Its been a long time since we have enjoyed a picnic in the woods...so yummy food and so much fun.
After our delightful picnic we loaded up our vehicles and headed out to explore with Scott leading the way.
Here the forest floor is covered in Mule's Ear...
with wild roses scattered in.
What an awesome day. Buckeye Reservoir and the surrounding area is quite pretty. Joe and I recommend it...if for no other reason, just to have a change of scenery and cooler temps for a few hours.
Until next time, happy days and...