• Flying J Ranch Park


  • Although the runway built by former landowner and pilot Capt. John Schoonhoven may be overgrown, Flying J Ranch Park remains a take-off site for natural exploration. Healthy meadows, forests and wetlands provide habitat for songbirds, raptors and wintering elk. 
    Enjoy a peaceful three-mile loop among old-growth lodgepole pine, ponderosas and Douglas fir. Flying J Ranch is a great place for picnicking in rustic timber shelters, as well as a favorite destination for snowshoeing.

    Situated close to Flying J Ranch Park was the migration route known as the Ute Trail, which was used by Native Americans for centuries. Toll roads were later built nearby as early Euro-American prospectors and homesteaders needed a passageway through the foothills.

    Getting There

    9661 County Highway 73, Evergreen External Link Icon  
    Travel south from Evergreen on County Highway 73 for 6.8 miles to the main trailhead entry road. From US Highway 285 at Aspen Park, take Barkley Road to County Highway 73. Turn north and travel to the main trailhead entrance. Alternative parking is available on Shadow Mountain Drive at Highway 73.