Colorado State Parks Guide

Colorado State Parks

There are 42 Colorado State Parks scattered throughout the state. These public parks offer a variety of amenities and activities for people of all ages and abilities. State Parks are located in spectacular Colorado locations. Each park is unique; most state parks are centered around a lake and promote aquatic recreation; however, some are land focused. All state parks feature trails, some more than others, and often provide access to National Forests with even more trails. The Yampa River State Park is novel, as it's a series of 13 river access points, a headquarters, and various camping options along the way.

State Park Amenities

Almost all State parks provide camping; however, a few are day use only. Some have extensive facilities, including visitor centers, marinas, hookups, showers, and washing facilities. Many parks provide various camping options, including cabin and/or yurt rentals, campsites, and remote camping. Each park is unique; click on the links to the parks below to find out more about what that park has to offer.

Park Fees & Reservations

A Colorado State Park pass is required to enter; however, these fees are affordable and can be purchased online, at the park itself, or included with your Colorado state vehicle registration. Campsite reservations are often available, including reserving cabins or yurts for an additional fee. Some parks have special accommodations for event hosting, also for an additional fee. Please reach out to the particular park for more information. Colorado’s State Parks are here for Coloradans and out-of-state visitors to enjoy. Please be respectful of the parks, the wildlife, the lakes, and the land. Follow the rules and clean up after yourself. Colorado’s State Parks are unique places that provide enjoyment for all; let’s keep it that way.

Map of All Colorado State Parks

View the online map here.

Activities at Colorado State Parks

All State Parks have all or some combination of the following activities listed below: Colorado State Parks marina
  • Camping - visitor center, nature center, camping choices, winter camping, amenities.
  • Boating - boat ramp, marina, all kinds of boating, jet & water skiing
  • Swimming - designated swim beaches
  • Picnic sites
  • Hiking & biking trails - many access National Forests
  • Bird & wildlife viewing
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback trails - horse rentals, stables, corrals
  • OHV - off-highway vehicles
  • Archery or shooting range
  • Fishing - ice fishing, cleaning station
  • Hunting
  • Geocaching
  • Ranger & nature programs
  • Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, Ice-skating, snowmobiling
  1. Island Acres​​​
  2. Corn Lake​
  3. Colorado River Wildlife Area​ - Fruita Section

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