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Colorado State Parks

Updated on April 10, 2014

The state of Colorado has 42 State Parks, which draw more than 11 million visitors each year. These visitors come from all over the state and from other parts of the country. The state parks allow visitors to explore parts of the state that they might not otherwise see. The parks offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities, no matter what kind of outdoor activity you are interested in, there is a good chance you will be able to participate in it at a state park. These activities vary from hiking and camping, fishing and boating, to more unusual activities such as flying model airplanes, hot air balloons, rock climbing and even SCUBA diving. Let's take a look at some of what the Colorado State Parks have to offer:

Big Brown Trout from Eleven Mile State Park
Big Brown Trout from Eleven Mile State Park | Source

What To Do At The Colorado State Parks

The State Parks in Colorado offer a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Some of the lower elevation parks in the plains of eastern Colorado have reservoirs and attract anglers and boaters. Some of the parks offer higher elevations and hiking in the mountains or even rock climbing.

Eldorado Canyon offers multi pitch rock climbing opportunities. Boyd Lake State Park, Bonny and Barr Lake, Chatfield and Cherry Creek State Parks all offer fishing and boating. These parks are located along the front range, which makes them easily accessible by the many people that live near Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and other front range communities. Chatfield State Park is even home to a flooded quarry that is the local certification site for many Denver SCUBA shops.

If you want to get further into the mountains Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers 12,000 acres of mountains and cliffs for hiking and climbing. Spinney Mountain Reservoir offers Gold Medal fishing opportunities for big fish. Nearby is Eleven Mile State Park which offers fishing for large Rainbow Trout, Pike and Kokanee Salmon.

No matter what your interests are in the outdoors the Colorado State Parks will offer something for you. Make sure you check them out when you are planning your next vacation or camping trip.

Chatfield State Park Marina
Chatfield State Park Marina

Colorado State Parks

So which is your favorite state park? Let me know in the comment section below. I hope that you can find some new parks to visit. You can even write your own Hub to tell others how your trip went.


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