"North Fork" refers to the North Fork of the South Platte River that flows from the mountains near the continental divide, down the canyon following U.S. HIghway 285 to Buffalo Creek, and then down to join the South Platte River as it goes into Strontia Springs Reservoir and through Denver. The North Fork is a swift, rocky and beautiful river, full of trout. If you've never experienced the North Fork area, race weekend is a great time to do it. The fishing is excellent, there are beautiful trails to hike, run and mountain bike, and there are many scenic drives to enjoy.
The following is a list of the inns and B&Bs closest to Buffalo Creek and the start/finish at BPIA ("Bippy"). We do not have any special arrangements with any of them. We've been told that June is a very busy time, and they fill up early. Each place only has a handful of rooms. So reserve early--the earlier the better.
North Fork Lodging
Meadow Creek B&B www.meadowcreekbb.com 303-838-4167
13438 U.S. Highway 285, Pine (on Hwy 285 north of Pine Junction, about 25 minutes away)
Anchorage Farm B&B www.anchoragefarm.com 303-838-5430
12889 S. Parker Ave., Pine (about 25 minutes away; they have a horse facility)
Lower Lake Ranch www.lowerlakeranch.com 303-838-6622
11883 S. Elk Creek Rd., Pine (near Staunton State Park, about 25 minutes away)
Bailey Lodge www.baileylodge.com 303-838-2450 Toll free 868-538-2450
57920 U.S. Highway 285, Bailey (2.5 miles south of Bailey, about 30 minutes away)
Lynwood Park www.lynwoodparkbailey.com 303-838-4243
59786 U.S. Highway 285, Bailey (south of Bailey, about 30 minutes away)
Deer Creek Cabin www.deercreekcabin.com
1412 Clark Rd., Bailey (single rental cabin, about 30 minutes away)
Arrowhead Manor Inn www.arrowheadmanor.com 303-738-8454
9284 U.S. Highway 285, Conifer (mailing address is Morrison) (about 30 minutes away)
Bear's Inn www.bearsinn.com 303-670-1205
27425 Spruce Lane, Evergreen (on Hwy 73 just between Conifer and Evergreen about 35 minutes away)
There are a number of places to stay in the town of Evergreen, which is about 45-50 minutes away from Pine Valley. They can easily be found with an internet search. Evergreen is a quaint little town with shops and restaurants and a pretty little lake.
"Down the Hill" Lodging
North (down the big hill) toward Denver, about 25 miles from Pine Junction, Highway 285 intersects with the CO-470 freeway. There are a couple chain hotels on 470 at Ken Caryl in Littleton, and there are many hotels near 285 and Wadsworth and near I-70 just east of 470. These can be found with an internet search. These areas are 55 minutes to just over an hour away.
The nearest public campground is the US Forest Service's Kelsey Campground, located on Hwy 126 a few miles south of FS Road 550. It has 17 sites, 15 of which are reservable. It is about 15 minutes from Bippy.
Buffalo Campground is very close to the middle of the race course in the Buffalo Creek Recreation area on Forest Service Road 550, about 5 miles off Hwy 126, near Buffalo Creek Road/FS 543. It is about a 25 minutes from Bippy. There are 38 sites, 24 of which can be reserved. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/psicc/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=12911&actid=29
Green Mountain Campground is a couple miles further from Bippy past Buffalo Campground on Buffalo Creek Road/FS 543. It has a handful of non-reservable tent only sites.
Dispersed camping is allowed along FS 550 off Hwy 126. There are no water or toilet facilities for dispersed camping. This area gets a lot of weekend use, so get there Thursday night or early Friday if possible. Spots are all first-come-first-served.