Things To Do
Crawford State Park lies in the shadow of the West Elk Wilderness Area in western Colorado. Ragged peaks crowd the park’s horizon, including 800-foot-high Needle Rock. The quiet and remote 734-acre park centers on a 400-acre lake with boat ramps and a swimming beach. Locals visit for water skiing, motor boating, hiking on three trails, camping at two campgrounds with 60 sites, and the inspiring scenery. Fishermen know the lake for its excellent perch and crappie fishing; others toss a hook for largemouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, and channel catfish. Hardy winter recreationists pursue ice fishing and skating when the lake’s ice is six inches thick or go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Part of Clear Fork Campground is open for winter camping.
State Park Area
Recommended season: Year-round. Summer and fall are the best seasons.
—Stewart M. Green