There is very limited lodging available in Gould, CO. Most cabins are “rustic” with limited facilities. If you want a place to stay in Gould with a bed and shower, we highly recommend making a reservation as early as possible. There are more than enough campsites in and around State Forest State Park for all participants and crews. Facilities range from full RV sites to free dispersed national forest camping.
Gas and Food
The closest gas station is located in Walden approximately 25-30 minutes west of Gould. If coming from Fort Collins, the last place to fill up with 24 hour pumps is Ted’s Place at the intersection of Hwy 14 & 287 just before you enter the canyon and more than 60 mountain miles from Gould. There is gas available in Rustic halfway up the canyon but the pumps are not open 24/7.
There are 2 small convenience stores in Gould at the Gould Gift Shops and the North Park Campground. There is a larger (but still small) store and a couple of restaurants in Walden.
On Site Camping at the Gould Community Center
***All on-site car camping spots for participants at the Gould Community Center have been reserved.***
To ensure that we have space for our volunteers and race staff, no additional participant car camping will be available at the start/finish. Please see the local camping and lodging options below to make arrangements for race weekend.
On-site car camping spots will be good for 1 car, truck or SUV (RV space is reserved for race staff, medical, and communications teams so please book your own RV site at one of the many local campgrounds). There will be some tent space just a short walk from the parking area. On-site campers may use the common fire pit and picnic table area at the start/finish area, in addition to race port-a-johns. The community center building will be limited to race operations for the duration of the weekend. If possible, we ask that on-site campers bring in their own water and pack out their own trash/recycling.
Local Cabins & Yurts
Cabins in Gould are just a few minutes down the road from the start/finish area. North Park Campground has cabins in addition to RV and tent sites located at the park entrance about 5 minutes from the race start. Never Summer Nordic has 3 to 4 yurts by the park entrance, in addition to yurts within the park further from the race start. State Forest State Park Cabins at Michigan Reservoir are about 15 minutes from the start.
- State Forest Cabins
- Never Summer Nordic Yurts
- Clark Peak Cabins and Lodge
- Powderhorn Cabins
- Gould Cabins & Gift Shop 970-723-3750
- North Park RV (at entrance to State Forest – formerly the KOA) camping, cabins and showers. There is also a small store and kids playground.
State Forest State Park campsites can be reserved in advance at Ranger Lakes, Michigan Reservoir, and Bockman.
Ranger Lakes sites are 2 miles down the road from the start/finish and offer RV hookups, bathrooms, and water. Bockman and Michigan Reservoir sites are about 15 minutes from the start and offer pull through sites with bathrooms. There is a water pump located at Michigan Reservoir and Ranger Lakes.
First Come, First Serve Camping
There are many additional camp sites available on a first come, first serve basis.
State Forest State Park campsites are available at the Crags Campground (10 minutes from the start) and at various dispersed sites throughout the park.
Routt National Forest campsites are available at the Aspen Campground and the Pines Campground just south of Gould off of 21/740. Once you are outside of the Gould town area, free dispersed camping is allowed anywhere in the national forest area.
Hotels & Motels
Motel and hotel accommodation is available in Walden, 20 miles (25-30 minutes) west of the race start/finish. Some suggestions:
There are also a number of cabin rental options 25-40 min away in Rand or down the Poudre Canyon, east of Gould towards Fort Collins in Kinikinik, Rustic and Glen Echo:
- Map of Poudre cabin options
- Trading Post Cabins (20 miles, ~25 minute drive to/from the start). “Modern” and “Rustic” options available.
- Sportsman’s Lodge (22 miles, ~25-30 minute drive to/from start). Mostly “rustic” cabins.
- Archer’s Poudre River Resort (33 miles ~35-40 minute drive to/from start). Many modern cabin options available.
- Whistling Elk Ranch (Cabins & Tipis ~25-35 minute drive to/from start)