From late spring through early fall, Stagecoach State Park becomes one of Colorado’s most desirable camping and recreational destinations. The park is just one of many Colorado State Parks in the Steamboat Springs area, but its facilities make this park one of the more popular destinations for a variety of reasons. Stagecoach State Park is located in Colorado’s Yampa Valley, which sits along the western ridge of the Continental Divide, and because it is it only sixteen miles south of Steamboat Springs, campers are never far from modern comforts such as grocery stores, restaurants, and recreational and sporting stores.
Traveling to Stagecoach State Park will require RVers to traverse steep mountainous terrain and windy roads almost from any direction. Some of the passes have long, steep grades and winter driving restrictions. Before driving, map out the mountain passes, and plan to stop atop of some of these passes to witness the pure and iconic beauty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Many of the summits offer parking, restrooms, and a place to rest.
Stagecoach State Park is a year-round destination. Make the park a basecamp and explore the area surrounding the park, like the Sarvis Creek and Flattops Wilderness Areas, and then venture back inside the park’s perimeters for camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, and an overall outdoor adventure.
Stagecoach State Park is 17 miles south of Steamboat Springs, Colorado via Colorado 131 and CO Road 14.
From Denver, the park is located approximately 160 miles northwest. Check weather conditions to determine which route and mountain pass is most accessible during your trip, as inclement weather can impact the route you should take.
All Colorado State Parks require that visitors pay a daily vehicle fee. This fee is an additional cost added to camping and other recreation fees.
If you prefer basic, primitive camping, reserve your stay at the Harding Spur Campground. This campground is close to the Haybro day use area and sits parallel to the lake. The pet-friendly sites are back in and accommodate RVs and trailers up to 30 ft. Each space has a fire pit, picnic table, and a grill. This campground provides potable hydrants and a restroom. Generators are allowed, but please silence them between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. All facilities that use water close down in the late fall. Contact the park for more information.
If primitive camping isn’t for you, then reserve a space at the pet-friendly Junction City Campground. This campground is located near the Keystone day use area and the park office. These back in and pull through spaces accommodate RVs and trailers up to 40 feet. All of the sites have 30 amp electrical service, as well as a picnic table, fire pit, and a grill. Select sites offer campers a water view. This campground provides potable hydrants and a restroom. Generators are allowed, but please silence them between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. All facilities that use water close down in the late fall. Contact the park for more information.
The Pinnacle Campground is a pet-friendly campground located close to the marina and the pay showers. This campground remains open through the winter, and campers can stay on a first-come, first serve basis during winter operations. Even though this campground has 30 amp electrical service, the showers, restrooms, and hydrants winterize before the first freeze. The back in and pull through spaces fit RVs and trailers up to 40 feet, and each area has a fire ring, picnic table, and a grill. Generators are allowed, but please silence them between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. Campers who need to use a dump station will find it located near the Pinnacle Campground.
McKindley Campground is a small, pet-friendly, primitive facility that is centrally located between the park’s other campgrounds. This campground has no hookups. The gravel spaces range from 30 to 40 feet max capacity, and each site offers campers a picnic table, fire pit, and grill. This campground is a basic facility and campers will need to bring potable water and use the vault toilets while staying here. Contact the park office to see where the closest hydrant with potable water is located within the park. Generators are allowed, but please silence them between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. All facilities that use water close down in the late fall. Contact the park for more information.
When the weather is warm in Colorado, people want to be outside. If you are someone who loves the outdoors and seeing the world rush past you, then bring your mountain bike on your next camping trip to Stagecoach State Park. The park has eight miles of trails open seasonally. Bike the Elk Run and the Lakeside trails, both easy to moderate level gravel trails, or make a longer loop and bike the perimeter of the reservoir by connecting the two trails. If you don’t have a bike, stop by the park office and borrow a fat-tired bike from the park.
The Stagecoach Reservoir is a 780-acre body of water that draws people from all over the state during Colorado's warm months. Watersports are some of the park's main and most popular recreational activities. Whether you have a boat, or you rent a boat from the marina, you will enjoy the time in the outdoors on the water. Visit the marina to get snacks, ice cream, and other supplies from the small camp store, and ask about boat rentals. The marina rents pontoon boats, stand up paddleboards, paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes.
The reservoir isn’t just for boating and fishing. After hiking, biking, and picnicking, why not cool off by taking a dip in the water? The park has designated wake-free zones near and around the swim beach. The swim beach is located by the marina, which means you are close to the park office, where you can get ice cream and other snacks. The swim beach is also near one of the camping areas and the restrooms. While swimming and relaxing on the swim beach, remember that all children under 18 need adult supervision. There are no lifeguards on duty, and swimmers should swim at their own risk.
When you visit the park during the migratory season, birdwatching becomes the highlight of many visitor’s trips. The water draws different species of birds resting along their flights to and from warmer climates. Look for songbirds, hawks, falcons, Eurasian Coots, Osprey, Bald Eagles, White Faced Ibis, Great Blue Herons, Grouse, and American White Pelicans. Pick up a birdwatching guide, bring your binoculars and your cameras, and capture the beauty of the many birds who make Stagecoach State Park a temporary stop or a permanent home.
When the weather becomes snowy, the terrain becomes a snowmobiler’s paradise. Rent or bring your snowmobiles with you to the park, and cruise across the frozen reservoir. Before planning a snowmobile trip, check that the ice conditions are safe and that the ice meets the minimal requirements for bringing heavy equipment onto the frozen surface of the lake. Certain sections of the reservoir are saved for ice fishing in the winter, so it is best to know the park’s guidelines on snowmobiling before planning a snowmobiling trip. Please note that Stagecoach State Park doesn’t allow snowmobiles on the trails or from Routt County Road 18 to the Tailwaters.
Fishing on the reservoir is a year-round activity. Novice and experienced anglers can fish, as long as all people over the age of 16 have and possess a valid Colorado fishing license. The park’s equipment rental program offers fishing equipment, and the camp store has some bait and other fishing gear. If you are visiting during the winter, you can check out some of the available ice fishing equipment. The waters of Stagecoach reservoir are known for its massive rainbow trout, with some of the fish growing as large as 14 to 18 inches long. Visit the Stagecoach State Park conditions page for more information on fishing and the current water conditions.