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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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Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green