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Colorado State Parks
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Arkansas Headwaters State Park
Stretching for almost 150 miles along the Arkansas River, the area offers abundant and outstanding opportunities for fishing, rafting, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sightseeing among deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks.
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Barr Lake State Park
A boater and wildlife-watcher's paradise, Barr Lake is known as an exceptional wildlife habitat. Bird watchers can spot over 300 species of birds at the park, which is home to the Colorado Bird Observatory and an important Colorado wildlife refuge.
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Bonny Lake State Park
An oasis on the plains, the park offers a welcomed change from the rolling prairie and grasslands that surround the park. With seasonably warm waters, dependable winds and sandy beaches, the park is the perfect destination for swimmers, water-skiers and windsurfers.
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Boyd Lake State Park
The most modern water sports facility in northern Colorado, Boyd Lake State Park boasts over 1,700 surface-acres of water for boating, fishing, sailing and more.
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Castlewood Canyon State Park
Located in the famous Black Forest in central Colorado, Castlewood Canyon State Park offers visitors hiking, rock climbing and unique sightseeing opportunities in an arid and beautiful setting.
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Chatfield State Park
Just outside the Denver metro area, Chatfield is one of the most complete parks in Colorado. The park includes camping, a full-service livery, miles of hiking and biking trails, popular Chatfield marina, and one of the most popular hot-air balloon launch areas on the Front Range.
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Cherry Creek State Park
Cherry Creek, Denver's backyard playground, offers unlimited recreation opportunities anchored around a 880 surface-area lake. Visitors can view birds in their natural habitat from an observation platform, enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, trail use and more.
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Cheyenne Mountain State Park is located in Colorado Springs, west of Highway 115 at the base of Cheyenne Mountain. The park consists of 1,680 land acres. Colorado State Parks acquired the land in June '00.
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Crawford State Park
Crawford State Park is the place to enjoy peace and tranquility in the midst of one of Colorado's most scenic western slope areas. Enjoy fishing, hiking and water recreation in this delightful park. Its neighbors include the famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Blue Mesa Reservoir.
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Eldorado Canyon State Park
Eldorado Canyon State Park has it all, technical rock climbing, streamside picnic areas and trails with panoramic vistas all encompassed in a magnificent canyon setting. For technical rock climbing, Eldorado Canyon offers over 500 different routes.
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Eleven Mile State Park
Sports writers across the state have written volumes about Eleven Mile's fantastic fishing. Rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon, northern pike, small-mouth bass and carp are all found within the waters of this 3,400 surface-acre reservoir.
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Only 30 miles away from Denver, 12,000 acres of Golden Gate Canyon State Park awaits you with hiking, picnicking and camping among dense forest, rocky peaks and aspen-filled meadows.
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Harvey Gap State Park
Harvey Gap State Park, five miles east of Rifle Gap Reservoir, is a favorite spot with anglers. The 160-acre lake is stocked with a variety of cold and warm-water fish, including rainbow trout, crappie, catfish and smallmouth bass. Known for its premier windsurfing, Harvey Gap also offers hiking, boating and picnicking. Camping is not allowed at Harvey Gap but is permitted at nearby Rifle Gap and Rifle Falls Parks.
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Highline Lake State Park
An ideal base camp for exploring the Grand Junction area, Highline Lake State Park is the center for water sports in the Grand Valley of western Colorado.
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Jackson Lake State Park
A wide variety of activities such as boating, waterskiing, fishing and swimming can all be enjoyed on the 2,700 surface-acre lake. The park is also known for its warm-water, with sandy bottom and shore.
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James M Robb - Colorado River State Park
The park offers great scenery and is a popular area for hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and swimming near the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa. Unique to the park system, Colorado River State Park is actually five sections of beautiful stops along the Colorado River as it flows through the Grand Junction area.
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John Martin Reservoir State Park
Known for its great boating opportunities, John Martin also has some of the finest campgrounds and fishing in the state.
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Lake Pueblo State Park
An incredible 400 campsites spread out around the 9,600 acre park can accommodate many visitors. With 4,500 acres of surface water, the reservoir is host to a variety of water sports. The fishing is exceptional and the views in this arid southern Colorado landscape are dramatic.
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Lathrop State Park
Nestled in the shadow of the legendary Spanish Peaks, which tower over the park, Lathrop State Park's gentle climate, clear air, beautiful campsites, excellent fishing, water skiing and great views of the nearby mountain ranges lure Colorado travelers and other visitors to the park for regular visits.
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Lone Mesa State Park
The park is closed to general public access while development and management planning is in progress. However, a Special Use Permit program allows limited public hunting during the big game seasons, as the park includes fantastic elk, deer and bear habitat. Along with oversight of the public hunting program, management of Lone Mesa includes monitoring of a livestock grazing lease and other Special Use Permits, involvement in volunteer and other service partnerships, and operation of a Visitor Center in Dolores.

Lory State Park
Just minutes from Fort Collins, Lory is located along the edge of Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County. Extensive trails offer visitors terrain for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.
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Mancos State Park
Just off the beautiful San Juan Skyway and surrounded by the majestic San Juan mountain range, Mancos is southwest Colorado's hot spot for excellent fishing and camping. Located 12 miles from Mesa Verde National Park, the reservoir at Mancos State Park is a beautiful setting.
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Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park anchors at the west side of Pikes Peak and extends over 5,000 acres across some of the most gorgeous land in the state. The park offers visitors camping in spectacular forested areas with modern facilities such as flush restrooms and a camper services building.
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Navajo State Park
This 15,000 surface-acre reservoir extends for 35 miles south into New Mexico. Fish for record-size northern pike or catfish in open waters without crowds. Camp on your boat or enjoy beautiful lakeview camping.
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North Sterling State Park
Majestic bluffs and expansive views of the high plains greet visitors to North Sterling State Park. This boater's paradise offers 3,000 acres of pristine waters, providing an interesting array of coves and fingers to explore. Modern facilities are located nearby and support a wide variety of recreational activities available at North Sterling.
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Paonia State Park
Camp near a babbling stream and water-ski on a mountain reservoir in view of the majestic Ragged Mountains at the park. Steep mountainsides give this lake an alpine flavor. Paonia features great scenery, water-skiing, wildflowers and camping.
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Pearl Lake State Park
Pearl Lake State Park, nestled in the mountains north of Steamboat Springs, offers peace and quiet in a lush forest setting.
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Ridgway State Park
Outstanding scenery, ultra-modern facilities, a full-service marina and magnificent campgrounds beckon visitors to Ridgway State Park. Here you can boat, fish, camp, hike and study nature in one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado.
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Rifle Falls State Park
Rifle Falls State Park is the closest you'll get to the tropics in Colorado. The falls is a lush area of trees and greenery kept moist by the spray of the cascading triple waterfall.
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Rifle Gap State Park
At an elevation of 6,000 feet, the clean, clear waters of this 350 acre reservoir afford some of the best scuba diving, boating, swimming, water-skiing and windsurfing in Colorado. Camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities at this 1,305-acre park also await the Rifle Gap State Park visitor. Even golfers can pursue their sport here, teeing off on the 18-hole course that lies adjacent to the area.
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Roxborough State Park
More than 1.2 billion years of geologic time are represented by the spectacular red-rock formations found within Roxborough State Park, which is located southwest of Denver.
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San Luis Lakes State Park
In the shadow of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, is peaceful San Luis State Park and Wildlife Area. Nestled among low sand dunes in this unique desert are wildlife-laden wetlands and approximately nine miles of easy, level hiking and biking trails. Waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors fill the sky over this outstanding wildlife area.
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Spinney Mountain State Park
Home to trophy-sized cutthroat trout, as well as rainbows, browns and northern pike, Spinney provides excellent belly boating, shore fishing and boating opportunities for anglers. Camping is not allowed at this 2,500 surface-acre reservoir
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Stagecoach State Park
Located in the verdant Yampa Valley south of Steamboat Springs, Stagecoach State Park offers visitors a wonderful area to enjoy Colorado's outdoors. The park is centered around a 780-acre reservoir with full-service marina.
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State Forest State Park
The ultimate in rugged Colorado wilderness, the Colorado State Forest offers visitors 71,000 acres of unaltered forest, jagged peaks and alpine lakes - a true backcountry hiking, camping or hunting experience.
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Steamboat Lake State Park
Nestled at the base of majestic Hahn's Peak in northern Colorado, Steamboat Lake State Park offers breathtaking scenery and plenty of excellent recreational opportunities. One of the most popular areas in the state, Steamboat Lake is a park for all seasons.
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St. Vrain State Park
St. Vrain State Park features 60 campsites, great fishing for rainbow trout, catfish, crappie and bass, and excellent bird watching for waterfowl and many other species. In the shadow of spectacular Long's Peak, St. Vrain State Park is a quiet retreat located between Denver and Fort Collins off I-25.
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Sweitzer Lake State Park
A western slope oasis! Visitors come to Sweitzer Lake, near Delta, for relaxed boating and water skiing as well as excellent waterfowl watching and hunting. Camping is not allowed at Sweitzer.
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Sylvan Lake State Park
One of western Colorado's best kept secrets, Sylvan Lake State Park is an incredibly scenic park open year-round for campers, picnickers, hikers, photographers and those who just want to relax in this wonderful alpine atmosphere.
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Trinidad Lake State Park
Nestled in the foothills of southern Colorado, bordered by the historic Santa Fe Trail and scenic Highway of Legends, the park offers boating, fishing, hiking and modern camping year round.
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Vega State Park
Vega State Park is a beautiful, high-mountain lake that sits in a glorious alpine meadow on the west edge of Grand Mesa National Forest. Along with several beautiful campgrounds in the park, the lake offers great boating, water-skiing and fishing
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Yampa River State Park
Located in the Yampa Valley west of Steamboat Springs, Elkhead Reservoir and the Headquarters on the Yampa River offer visitors a wonderful area to enjoy Colorado's outdoors. The 172-mile stretch of the Yampa River borders private property. We thank you for using only the eight public access sites and respecting private property owners along the river.
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