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Family-Friendly Outdoor Adventures In Northeast CO

Finding outdoor adventures in Northeast Colorado is easy. The area is known for its laid-back atmosphere, picturesque parks and an abundance of wildlife. Travel along the Pawnee Pioneer Trail and Historic Byway for scenic views. Hike along trails in the Pawnee National Grassland and photograph wildlife including hawks, foxes and antelope. Bird watchers love the Limon Wetlands for catching glimpses of migratory birds. Chimney Canyon, near Sterling, is worth a stop for its 250-ft. tall chalk cliffs. It’s also a popular spot for stargazing. Visit Jackson Lake State Park, near Fort Morgan, for water sports. North Sterling Lake State Park offers boating, jet skiing and fishing at North Sterling Reservoir. Fish for walleye, bass, trout and catfish or enjoy the relaxing swimming area at Cottonwood Cove Beach. Try mountain biking or horseback riding on the 3.5-mile South Shoreline Trail. Hikers have over six miles of shoreline trails to explore. If you’re lucky you may spot a majestic bald eagle flying over. Nearby Julesburg boasts some of the best bird watching in the state and it’s a favorite spot for fishing along the South Platte River. Golfers may want to check out the Spring Valley Golf Course in Elizabeth.

North Sterling State Park

Set in northeastern Colorado, and also northeast of the town of Sterling, North Sterling State Park is a 5,700-acre playground established in 1992.

Home to the 2,880-acre North Sterling Reservoir, this state park features hiking, water recreation, and plenty of ways to simply relax.

Water recreation abounds at North Sterling State Park. This CO state park offers boating, fishing, and jet skiing right on the North Sterling Reservoir.

Reel in warm-water fish like walleye, bass, trout, and catfish – while fishing supplies and equipment are found at the park visitor center. Head to Elks Rampfor a day of jet skiing and water skiing, or suit up and make for the Cottonwood Cove Swim Beach.

North Sterling State Park offers the 3.5-mile South Shoreline Trail for mountain biking and horseback riding, and over six miles of shoreline trail for hikers. Hunting is permitted between Labor Day and Memorial Day, while the hungry may choose from 38 picnics sites in the park. Ice fishing is available during the winter, while bird watching is another popular activity – just keep an eye out for bald eagles!