Adjacent to the historic Switzerland Trail railroad grade, Mount Alto Picnic Area was once a destination stop along the rails. At one time a Fountain and Chautauqua hall graced this site; only the chimney and foundation of the fountain remain. Picnic tables have fallen into disrepair, although the site offers excellent scenery and opportunities to explore the foothills.
Directions: Travel four miles east of Colorado Highway 72 on the Gold Hill Road (County Road 52), then approximately two miles south on County Road 93 marked "Switzerland Trail-Mt. Alto Park."
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Restrictions: Camping is prohibited. Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515