Sylvan Lake State Park

Written by on June 16, 2016 in CO Outdoor Adventures - 1 Comment

Sylvan Lake State Park
With classic Colorado springtime beauty, summer fishing and camping, vibrant fall colors, and blankets of snow for winter recreation, Sylvan Lake State Park is a destination for all seasons. Tucked in an alpine forest just south of the town of Eagle, Sylvan Lake is a peaceful getaway that offers the tourist an array of activities any time of the year.

Springtime in the Colorado Rockies is a sight to behold and this park offers a slice of paradise in the form of greening meadows, delicate wildflowers and a tranquil lake for fishing, canoeing, or meandering. When the snow melts and springtime unfolds, Sylvan Lake State Park comes to life and visitors are sure to feel invigorated and energized from the fresh Rocky Mountain air.

Summertime is the height of the camping season and visitors to Sylvan Lake State Park can enjoy quiet campsites, both rustic and modern cabins, and even yurts. Awake to the brilliant blue skies of the Colorado summer, with a backdrop of lush green trees and a sparkling lake with the quiet whisper of the water rippling in a gentle breeze. There are 44 campsites at the park and each offers the visitor their own patch of paradise during their stay.

A visit to Sylvan Lake State Park in the fall is the time to catch a glimpse of the Colorado gold rush—the changing of the aspen leaves. Brilliant yellows and vibrant lime greens fill the senses as the foliage changes for the season, giving visitors one of nature’s finest gifts—fall colors. A trip to the park during the fall will reward the visitor with crisp mountain air, a sea of brilliant fall color, and a peaceful feeling that the change of seasons seems to bring.

This alpine park also offers the wintertime visitor a myriad of activities including snowshoeing, ice fishing, cross country skiing, and even access to snowmobiling trails. Check out Sylvan Lake in solitude with the quiet backdrop of the Colorado winter. A large modern cabin, as well as small camper cabins are available for winter visits, and camping is an option for those wanting to truly rough it.

If time doesn’t permit an overnight stay, plan for a day trip including a picnic, a walk around the lake, or a trip to the Visitor Center that greets you as you enter the park. At the Visitor Center, you can talk to knowledgeable staff about the offerings of the park, pick up maps and brochures, shop for souvenirs or peruse the educational displays.

Whether you visit Sylvan Lake State Park for a quick day trip, a weekend of camping, or a few days in a rustic yurt or cabin, you will not be disappointed. The beauty of the park, combined with abundant recreational activities, provide the perfect backdrop for the quintessential Colorado adventure.

Sylvan Lake State Park
10200 Brush Creek Road
Eagle, CO 81631
(970) 328-2021

Make reservations by calling the park or visiting

About the Author

Terri Bankemper is a native Californian who has lived in Colorado since 2001. The beauty of the mountain landscape drew her to Colorado and continues to inspire her today. Since moving to Colorado, she met her fellow adventurer and now husband, Carl, and together they have two children, Devon and Kelsi. Exploring incredible landscapes and sharing an appreciation of nature is something Terri aspires to share with her children. Terri and her family live in Evergreen, a mountain town in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.

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