Ride Along with Ranter #1…Gross Dam and Reservoir


 This is the beginning of a series I”m going to call “Ride along with Ranter”.

Today’s ride along brings us to a beautiful spot within an hours drive of Denver and about 15 minutes from where I habitate.


Named for Denver Water former Chief Engineer Dwight D. Gross, the reservoir was completed in 1954. It serves as a combination storage and regulating facility for water that flows under the Continental Divide through the Moffat Tunnel.

Gross Dam has been around since 1954. Check out the stats.

This reservoir is huge.

The banks are a bit steep and rocky, but nothing too outrageous.

The water looks tempting but don’t plan on going for a swim, its way too cold.

Gross reservoir is the perfect place to take pictures, go for a walk or jog, go fishing, or go for scenic bike ride.

There are even tables set up so you can have a picnic with the family.

How do I get  here?

From Denver metro area:

  • Take Highway 93 north from Golden to Highway 72
  • Turn left (west) on Highway 72 toward Pinecliffe to County Road 77/Gross Dam Road
  • Gross Dam Road will take you to both the north and south access points

To reach the dam from Boulder:

  • Take Flagstaff Road west until it turns into eastern Gross Dam Road

Seasonal Information

  • Open year round.
  • Boating season starts on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and ends Sept. 30.
  • Kokanee snagging runs from Sept. 1 – Jan. 31.
  • West site U.S. Forest Service closes from late fall to early spring: check with the U.S. Forest Service Boulder district for specific closure dates.

Operating Hours

Half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset.

I’m “D” the Ranter, thanks for tagg’n along.



  1. Mike

    Thank you for your blog Ranter. That little boy is my son, Ryan. He went there with a friend of his and well, you know the rest of the story 🙂 . My wife and I met him at the hospital after and were wondering who gave him the glove and thanks to your blog we now know.

    • RANTER

      MIKE-You’re welcome Sir. Please keep us posted on your sons recovery and when you have time send us a picture Ryan and his glove. Speedy recovery…”D”

  2. Geri Schmid

    Thanks for this entry D. I’m going to enjoy reading all of your posts, and will take some of these scenic trips. -Geri

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