Saturday, June 25, 2016

Buckeye Reservoir

Portal RV Resort
Moab, UT
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 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...



  1. Sure sounds like the ideal way to spend a hot day. Water always makes things feel cooler. What a terrific idea to spend the day with a picnic in the woods!! Fun times:)

    1. Nice temps and bugs! Can't beat that Pam!

  2. Thats certainly is a change of scenery, nice tour.

    1. Yes it was George...certainly kept the camera busy!

  3. You sure did find a beautiful spot. I love the view and the pictures. Moab is a very nice place to spend some time for sure.

  4. Lupines and Irises beautiful!
    You sure do know how to cool yourself off!

    1. The lupines were beautiful MonaLiza...a very nice day!

  5. How great to find a forest oasis with water to enjoy as well! Love the snowy mountain views too.