Colorado’s National Parks get a lot of attention, but our State Parks are just as great -- maybe even better, especially out here on the Western Slope!
For water lovers, there’s hardly a better choice than Highline Lake State Park. You can visit this “oasis in the desert” all year long, and there’s always something exciting to do. With that in mind, here’s your guide to visiting this fun-filled place.
Many visitors to the park opt to camp in one of the 36 grassy, shaded spots, but you’ll have to reserve it ahead if you want to camp during the busy summer months. Would you prefer a less crowded camping experience? Visit during the winter or on a weekday.
Each campsite has a grill, fire ring, and picnic table, which means you can whip up some delicious campsite meals with the whole family.
Grab the leash, because Highline Lake is dog-friendly. Dogs aren’t allowed on the swim beach, but they can swim in the designated area near the East boat ramp.
If you do bring your dog along, remember to pick up after him and keep your pup on a leash at all times. Following the rules ensures dogs will be allowed to visit for years to come!
If you’re visiting Highline Lake, you probably want to get out on the water. Power boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sail boating, sailboarding, and stand up paddle boarding are all fair game from March 1 through September 30, lake conditions permitting.
However, be prepared for heavy crowds on weekends from May through Labor Day, when boat capacity is often full. That means you’ll have to wait until enough boats leave before you can get on the water. If you can swing it, bring your boat out on weekdays to avoid the crowds.
Come for a swim late May through September when the lake is open for the season. The beach is family friendly with turf grass and plentiful shade. You can even call the Visitor Center at 970-858-7208 for information about the water temperature. The temperature varies drastically from one week to the next, so that information could be helpful.
If you’re a beginner mountain biker or just want to do laps on some swift single track, Highline Lake State Park has you covered. The terrain is non-technical, making this an ideal spot for people learning to ride, young children, and anyone who loves lakeside scenery that includes impressive mountain backdrops.
If it seems like there’s a lot to do at Highline Lake, that’s because there is. With so many activities to enjoy, this might become one of your new favorite outdoor spaces.