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State Parks in Colorado

Established in 1959, Colorado State Parkswelcome more than 11 million annual visitors, and feature everything from recreation trails and snowmobile programs, to nature watching and wedding venues.

Many of Colorado’s 40 total state parks are four-season destinations – as winter and summer activities abound.

Hike or bike down 15 miles of trail at Castlewood Canyon State Park near Castle Rock – just south of Denver – or look forward to 26 miles of trail at Lory State Park just west of Fort Collins.

Trinidad Lake State Park features plenty of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails in southern Colorado, while northern Colorado yields scenic hikes along the Elkhead Reservoir.

Looking for water recreation this summer? Many Colorado state parks feature large reservoirs and lakes perfect for fishing, swimming, and jet skiing. Water ski across the North Sterling Reservoir in North Sterling State Park near Sterling, or enjoy a day of fishing and boating on Navajo Lake in Navajo State Park, just southeast of Durango. More reservoirs are found at Trinidad Lake State Park near Trinidad, and Elkhead State Park near Craig.

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing are highly anticipated winter activities of many Centennial playgrounds, so start packing today.