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St. Vrain State Park lies beside Interstate 25 about 30 miles north of Denver. The 792-acre park offers convenient recreation with 87 sites in two campgrounds, 15 ponds for fishing and birdwatching, 6.5 miles of roads and trails for biking, seven hiking trails, and spacious scenic views of Longs Peak and the Front Range. The park’s acreage divides into 604 land acres and 236 acres of water. The park, originally called Barbour Ponds, was a bunch of gravel pits owned by the state to mine aggregate for I-25’s construction in the 1960s. Picnicking is popular with shady tables and grills throughout the park. Blue Heron Pond, the largest at 84 acres, offers wakeless boating with electric or gas motors up to 15hp. Hand-launched boats are allowed on all park ponds. The park, bounded by St. Vrain Creek on the north, is a renowned birding area for waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors.
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Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green