Lower Bowns is located about 5 miles east of Highway 12, between Torrey and Boulder. The dirt road has been graveled all the way to the lake recently, but as mentioned before, if you venture around the lake be prepared for sand and rock. There is a small campground located at the lake, amid the cedar and pinyon trees on the lake's west shore. Also, Pleasant Creek campground and Oak Creek campgrounds are located just off of highway 12, a short 5-10 minute drive from the lake. Another small campground, Rosebud ATV campground, is located just 3 miles above the lake. This campground offers access for ATVs to the lake via a very scenic ATV trail that drops from high ponderosa pine ridges, down to low pinyon/juniper and sagebrush lowlands as it follows along Pleasant Creek. You will also find a couple of dispersed (free) campsites above the lake, and near the lake, but there are few areas to camp outside of the campgrounds. The main Lower Bowns road (and recreation area) are closed to ATVs, but don't let that get you down. You will find several ATV trails in the area, the main trail being the Rosebud ATV trail that provides ATVs access to the lake and other trails in the lower elevations. We found plenty of miles of trails to ride, and had a blast on our bikes. From rough trails in the pines, to sandy, more desert-like trails below, there is great riding for everyone.
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The Lower Bowns/east end of the Boulder Mountain is a must for any outdoors enthusiast. From high spruce/fir forests, large groves of aspen, pine covered slopes filled with huge ponderosa pine, red rock views, and the striking Henry Mountains in the distance, there is some sort of beauty for everyone. Deer, elk, and turkey...it is also a great base area to hunt from. There are also several other lakes and streams in the area that are fish-able, when the snow melts. Our family had a great time, as I'm sure you will.
Camping was great, good laughs, good weather, and great food! In fact, we used a couple of our favorite family recipes and cooking secrets, our "omelets in baggies" and non-stick pancakes using a potato. Have you checked these out yet? You really should!
Omelets: (click on the picture, no-hassle omelets) http://www.suhuntandfish.com/p/recipes.html
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