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Directory: Colorado's State Parks and Their Attractions for Family Vacations

Planning a Colorado vacation 
with the kids? 

This directory of Colorado State Parks lists all the state parks in Colorado and the activities you can enjoy there. 

All together, just about every great outdoor family activity that you can think of
is represented in 
Colorado's State Parks.

The Prettiest Places in Colorado

From Mesa Verde's Far View Lodge to Vail Mountain's Eagle's Nest, Colorado is full of great scenic spots to show the kids.

Check out our article about the Prettiest Places in Colorado.

Sleeping under the stars
in Colorado
is an experience
every kid should have. 

Our article, 
Camping in Colorado,
gives you the
information and inspiration
you need to get started. 

Photo: The campground at Sylvan Lake Stat Park, Colorado, offers sunny campsites with beautiful views.

Most of Colorado's State Parks were created around bodies of water - lakes, reservoirs, and rivers.

Add a touch of nineteenth century elegance when you travel in Colorado with the kids.

Read our article:Colorado's Historic Luxury Hotels

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Summertime or wintertime, renting a cabin is a great option for families on vacation in Colorado.

Check out our list of great cabins to rent.

From fancy to frumpy, most cabins in Colorado are available year round. 

 Our writers and editors have traveled Colorado from top to bottom and side to side - with kids in tow.

They know a thing or two about the best places for families.

Click on our article
 Recommended Trips for Families in Colorado
to read more about the great vacations that await you and the kids in the highest state in the Union.

Photo: Turquoise Lake, high in the heart of the Colorado Rockies is one of our Editors' Picks for Recommended Trips for Families in Colorado.

Did You  Know?

In 1899, the Colorado General Assembly adopted the white and lavender Columbine, Aquilegia caerules, as the official Colorado State Flower.

Later the General Assembly determined that it is the duty of all citizens to protect this rare species from needless waste or destruction.

See Colorado's National Parks with the Kids!

Our nation's National Parks have been called the
crown jewels of America. 

Colorado is the proud home of four National Parks: 

  • Rocky Mountain 
  • Mesa Verde 
  • Great Sand Dunes 
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison 

Plan your great Colorado family vacation with our
series on Colorado's National Parks - 45 pages of information and inspiration

Start with the National Parks Directory at
Photo: Pearl Lake State Park has yurts in its campground that families can rent.

From scenic mountain lakes to windswept prairie reservoirs, Colorado's 40 state parks and one state recreation area provide vacationing families with great opportunities for all kinds of activities. Peruse the following list to get a feeling for what attractions will appeal to your kids the most.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (deep river canyons, fishing, rafting, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sightseeing)

Barr Lake State Park (wildlife watching, educational programs, hunting, fishing)

Bonny Lake State Park (camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing, boating, waterskiing, swimming, beach, prairie)

Boyd Lake State Park (sailing, windsurfing, swimming, picnicking, bird watching, camping, playground, trail system)

Castlewood Canyon State Park (rock climbing, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, history, scenery, photography)

Chatfield State Park (camping, picnicking, cycling, sailing, fishing, hiking)

Cherry Creek State Park (boating, picnicking, camping, cycling, off leash area for dogs)

Cheyenne Mountain State Park (hiking, mountain biking, visitor center, camping)

Colorado River State Park (fishing, swimming, camping, scenery)

Crawford State Park (camping, picnicking, fishing, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, ADA accessible trail)

Eldorado Canyon State Park (spectacular steep canyon, rock climbing, hiking, picnicking, stream fishing)

Eleven Mile State Park (boating, fishing, windsurfing, camping)

Golden Gate Canyon State Park (hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, scenery, cabins, yurts, mountain views, weddings)

Harvey Gap State Park (fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, wildlife watching, scenery)

Highline Lake State Park (bird watching, boating, waterskiing, fishing, camping)

Jackson Lake State Park (hunting, fishing, ice fishing, camping, boating, waterskiing, sandy shores)

John Martin Reservoir State Park (boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, archeology, history)

Lathrop State Park (fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, views)

Lory State Park (mountain trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, photography, picnicking, fishing)

Mancos State Park (camping, yurts, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildlife watching)

Mueller State Park (scenery, camping, cabins, wildlife watching, hiking, nature center, changing fall colors)

Navajo State Park (camping, boating, houseboats, fishing, archeology, visitor center)

North Sterling State Park (camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, astronomy)

Paonia State Park (mountain scenery, camping, water skiing, wildflowers)

Pearl Lake State Park (yurts, camping, fly fishing, picnicking)

Lake Pueblo State Park (sailing, boating, fishing, camping, swimming, waterskiing, hiking)

Ridgway State Park (camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, sandy swim beach, windsurfing, spectacular mountain views, accessible)

Rifle Falls State Park (waterfalls, photography, spelunking, camping, hunting, fishing, interpretive program)

Rifle Gap State Park (camping, swimming, scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, pincniking)

Roxborough State Park (scenery, hiking, picnicking, photography, wildlife watching, geology)

San Luis State Park (birdwatching, hiking, bicycling, camping, picnicking, fishing, windsurfing, photography)

Spinney Mountain State Park (belly boating, boating, fishing, picnicking)

Stagecoach State Park (nature trails, marina, history)

State Forest State Park (mountains, picnicking, hiking trails, backpacking, cross country skiing, yurts, cabins)

Steamboat Lake State Park (wildflowers, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, cross country skiing, snowmobiling)

St. Vrain State Park (camping, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, photography)

Sweitzer Lake State Park (watersking, hunting, picnicking, bird watching)

Sylvan Lake State Park (canoeing and no-wake boating, fishing, camping, scenery, cabins, yurts)

Trinidad Lake State Park (archeology, history, camping, fishing, boating, hiking)

Vega State Park (mountain lake, camping, cabins, hiking, water skiing, visitor center)

Yampa River State Park
(River running access, camping)

Related Links on

Colorado's National Parks
Camping in Colorado
Best Colorado Campgrounds: Editors' Picks
Colorado Recreation
Colorado Attractions for Families
Best Scenic Spots for Families Traveling in Colorado