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Highline State Park is truly an oasis in the surrounding high desert. Two lakes, Mack Mesa Lake, and Highline Lake, offer ample water recreation, a designated swimming area, jet-boating, water-skiing, sailboarding, kayaking, and fishing. Named an important birding area by the National Audubon Society, over 200 species of birds have been observed here, including owls, bald eagles, and sandhill cranes that stop here on their annual spring migration. Hike the trails and keep an eye out for skittering lizards, skinks, cornsnakes, and desert hairy scorpions. Mountain bikers flock here to ride the Highline Trail, a challenging, curvy singletrack. If you’re here the first weekend of May, participate in the 18 Hours of Fruita at Highline Lake Trail endurance race. In winter, the park is open for cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, and ice-fishing. Enjoy year-round tent camping and RV sites. All Colorado State Parks charge an entrance fee.
1800 11 8/10 Road
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