Vega State Park and its clear 900-acre lake sit against the northern edge of Grand Mesa in western Colorado, reputedly the world’s biggest flat-topped mountain. The park (elevation 7,696 feet) lies in a shallow valley surrounded by forested mountains and broad meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Vega, a Spanish word that means “meadow,” makes a great getaway for rest and relaxation, fishing, hiking. birdwatching, and winter sports like cross-country skiing. Four campgrounds with 109 sites border the lake. Fishermen recognize Vega’s lake as a superb trout fishery, with five-pound rainbows regularly pulled from its waters. The park is a sanctuary for numerous birds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors like ospreys. Keep alert for big mammals too. Black bears, beavers, porcupines, and even moose have been spotted around the lake.
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- Use the campground at Vega State Park as a base to explore Grand Mesa and the Grand Valley. The high mesa is laced with hiking trails and dotted with pristine lakes. It’s especially beautiful to drive over Grand Mesa in late September when golden aspens spill down the mountainsides above the park. Grand Valley to the west offers lots of fun, including Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Highline State Park, and the Colorado River units of James M. Robb State Park.
- The park lends two Landeez All-Terrain Wheelchairs and three One-Armed Bandit fishing poles to disabled visitors to help them access the lakeshore and allow them to fish. The chairs can be pushed through snow and mud for easy access.
- Planning a wedding, company picnic, or family reunion? There’s not a more beautiful spot in western Colorado for your event than at the Meadows Group Picnic Area.
- Horses are welcome on almost seven miles of dirt and paved roads at Vega State Park or you can access many more miles in Grand Mesa National Forest from the park. Horse corrals near the Vega Pioneer cabins can be reserved and rented.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green