North Park is a quaint town in northwest Colorado with a population less than 1,000. It has also been dubbed the official Moose viewing capital of Colorado, there’s a good chance Moose outnumber the residents in North Park. In addition to the abundant wildlife, this area of Colorado gives Big Sky Country a run for its money. Visit North park and take a step back in time – minimal crowds, vast open ranch lands filled with horses and cattle.
If its small creeks and bucking browns you’re after, north parks got em. If it’s healthy and wild rainbows, North parks got them too. It’s the central location of many rivers. One could easily spend a few weeks fishing there and never touches the same water twice. That being said, one could easily spend a few weeks fishing the wrong water.
Long, winding, and what seem to be never ending dirt roads lead to solitary stretches of water that hold wild brown and rainbow trout.
North Park sits at just about 8,000 feet and even in May, the weather can be unpredictable. On our most recent visit, we opted for staying in a yurt that acted as the perfect base camp for exploring different rivers and fishing till sunset.
If there is ever a time to reward yourself with a steakhouse dinner, it’s after a long day of driving down dirt roads, walking through cattle lands, hopping fences and fishing over four different rivers all in an eight-hour day.
- Red or Gold Potatoes
- soy sauce,
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- garlic powder
- Red Wine
I personally don’t like to go overboard on marinades. I’ve found that simple usually comes out better and before our fishing trip, I only had a few ingredients on hand.
In a 24oz gallon bag or Tupperware suitable to store a steak in, rub with soy sauce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, salt & pepper, and a splash of lemon juice.
Potatoes with bacon bits & spinach
No matter how many different ways I try, my potatoes never come out crispy and soft on the inside not to mention they take forever around a campfire. If you have the time, I highly recommend preparing these at home and storing until ready to reheat.
Cut potatoes into quarters and boil in a pot of water until just softened – about 20 minutes. While potatoes are boiling, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove and strain potatoes, coat in olive oil and place on a baking tray in the oven for half an hour.
*If you like potatoes extra crispy, broil for an additional 3-5 minutes – checking frequently so they do not burn.
Let potatoes cool completely and store until ready to reheat.
Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat or bake in oven at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Cool, then cut into bite size pieces and store in Tupperware or zip lock bag.
1. In a medium size pan, heat olive oil over high heat until just before its smoking’ hot -literally.
2. Cook ribeye for approximately 3 minutes on each side. 6 minutes total
3. Make Anthony Bourdain proud and remove from heat and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Do not cut until after.
Potatoes, Bacon & Spinach:
1. Over low/medium heat place a tablespoon of olive oil, potatoes, bacon bits in a skillet. Tossing until warmed. Add in spinach and cook until wilted and mixed together with the potatoes and bacon.
Beverage: Steak, potatoes and rose? Say no more.