Highline Lake State Park

Highline State Park sits 15 miles west of Grand Junction at the western end of the Grand Valley. The park is more like a city park than a natural preserve, with lawns, picnic tables and a campground beneath shady cottonwood trees. Highline, six miles north of Interstate 70, is usually visited by locals rather than travelers. The park is developed for water recreation on two reservoirs—14-acre Mack Mesa Lake and 160-acre Highline Lake. Water skiing, power boating, and swimming are popular activities on the big lake, although the wakeless northern part brings fishermen and waterfowl, including great blue heron, pelican, snowy egret, and Canada geese. Mack Mesa Lake is serene, attracting trout fishermen and wildlife. It’s a great spot to spend a summer afternoon.

MAPS

State Area Maps

Trails Map | Area Map

Campground

Bookcliff Campground

Pro Tips

  • Take your kids fishing at Highline State Park. Pick up a kid’s fishing pole and tackle box at the visitor center with a driver’s license.
  • Highline offers plenty of trails for hiker. Follow the 3.5-mile Highline Lake Trail around the lake for scenic views and a workout. Take the Blue Heron Ponds Loop below the dam and keep an eye out for wildlife.
  • Bring binoculars to spot over 200 bird species, including pelicans, great blue herons, bald and golden eagles, sandhill cranes, and loons. The Vermilion flycatcher, rare in western Colorado, is sometimes spotted at Highline. Owls and hawks also nest at the campground.
  • The campground is a plush getaway if you’re mountain biking at Fruita or exploring Colorado Monument, with shaded, grassy campsites. Reserve ahead if you’re camping on weekends.
  • Plan a winter trip for ice skating and ice fishing at Mack Lake. Call ahead to make sure it’s frozen over.

Recommended season(s): Year-round

Stewart M. Green

Total Acreage

562

Lake Acreage

173

Elevation

4700

Admission Fee

Daily Pass: $7.00
Annual Pass: $70.00
Aspen Leaf Annual Pass: $60.00 (ages 64+)
Camping – Summer (May 1 – Sept 30)
– Basic Campsite: $20.00
Camping – Winter (Oct 1 – Apr 30)
– Basic Campsite: $18.00

Parking Fees

Included in Admission

Phone Number

970-858-7208

Hours of Operation

Day use; Closes at 10 pm

Map

Summary

Highline State Park sits 15 miles west of Grand Junction at the western end of the Grand Valley. The park is more like a city park than a natural preserve, with lawns, picnic tables and a campground beneath shady cottonwood trees. Highline, six miles north of Interstate 70, is usually visited by locals rather than travelers. The park is developed for water recreation on two reservoirs—14-acre Mack Mesa Lake and 160-acre Highline Lake. Water skiing, power boating, and swimming are popular activities on the big lake, although the wakeless northern part brings fishermen and waterfowl, including great blue heron, pelican, snowy egret, and Canada geese. Mack Mesa Lake is serene, attracting trout fishermen and wildlife. It’s a great spot to spend a summer afternoon.

MAPS

State Area Maps

Trails Map | Area Map

Campground

Bookcliff Campground

Pro Tips

  • Take your kids fishing at Highline State Park. Pick up a kid’s fishing pole and tackle box at the visitor center with a driver’s license.
  • Highline offers plenty of trails for hiker. Follow the 3.5-mile Highline Lake Trail around the lake for scenic views and a workout. Take the Blue Heron Ponds Loop below the dam and keep an eye out for wildlife.
  • Bring binoculars to spot over 200 bird species, including pelicans, great blue herons, bald and golden eagles, sandhill cranes, and loons. The Vermilion flycatcher, rare in western Colorado, is sometimes spotted at Highline. Owls and hawks also nest at the campground.
  • The campground is a plush getaway if you’re mountain biking at Fruita or exploring Colorado Monument, with shaded, grassy campsites. Reserve ahead if you’re camping on weekends.
  • Plan a winter trip for ice skating and ice fishing at Mack Lake. Call ahead to make sure it’s frozen over.

Recommended season(s): Year-round

Stewart M. Green

Website

http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/highlinelake

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