Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting a state park is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Description - Colorado State Parks are located in all areas of the state. They support a vast array of attractions that include reservoirs, mountains, rock formations, rivers, beaches, campgrounds, picnic grounds, etc. The 40 state parks provide access to the plains, mountains, canyons and valleys of the state. Most of the state parks are fee areas, where a day or annual pass is necessary to use the facilities.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities range the spectrum from backpacking to rock climbing. There are excellent opportunities for fishing, hiking, photography, camping and picnicking in many of the parks.
Attractions - The Arkansas Headwaters is a unique cooperative effort between the Colorado State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management. The 148 mile stretch of the Akansas River is a haven for white water rafting, kayaking and fly fishing.
Few states can match the outdoor resources around the Denver metro area alone.
Golden Gate Canyon is 14,000 acres of camping and hiking among dense forests, rocky peaks and aspen-filled
meadows -- breathtaking! Sightseers are awed by the spectacular red-rock formations at Roxborough, a geological wonder
so unique it's a Natural National landmark. And Barr Lake hosts over 300 species of birds making it a paradise for watching
and a great place for boating and fishing.
Chatfield and Cherry Creek state parks have it all -- reservoirs for boating, sailing and fishing, horse rentals, sandy beaches,
marinas and miles of hiking and biking trails as well as diverse ecosystems offering unique opportunities for resource education.
Eldorado Canyon is known for its technical rock climbing and its streamside picnic areas with panoramic views, all in a
magnificent canyon setting. In the same way, Castlewood Canyon is another favorite, with dramatic canyon walls and
unique ruins of a century-old dam.
In the Springs area, Mueller offers visitors 12,000 acres of unspoiled open space -- observe elk and the majestic bighorn
sheep in their natural surroundings as you explore 85 miles of trails. This area is popular for mountain biking.
Anglers, don't miss Eleven Mile and Spinney Mountain,
two neighboring parks with scenic beauty and trophy-size fish...an angler's paradise!
Lake Pueblo is a water-sports mecca with 400 campsites, miles of trails and the expansive Pueblo
Reservoir for unlimited boating fun!
Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls -- with
a triple water fall and caves with stalactite roofs so remarkable they have attracted film crews from around the world -- are well known for their challenging rock climbing. Harvey Gap and Vega are great spots for fishing.