If you're looking to park the rig somewhere with a scenic view during your next RV vacation, then look no further. Vega State Park is located in western Colorado on the edge of the Grand Mesa National Forest, and not only does it provide stunning mountain vistas, but it also offers incredible outdoor recreational opportunities to visitors year-round.
At a staggering elevation of over 8,000 feet, the park sits in a lush meadow area that was once an inland sea, way back in the Paleozoic era. The park is complete with its own mountain lake where visitors can boat, fish, or picnic along the shore. There are also plenty of trails that cut their way through the park, and once you finish those, you can explore hundreds of miles of trails in the nearby national forest on foot, bicycle, or horseback. Due to Vega's location high up in the mountains, the flora and fauna are both plentiful. Keep your eyes peeled for carpets of springtime wildflowers and a wide array of birds and mammals. Winter doesn't stop the fun at the park, and cold month campers can still enjoy the lake, trails, and other amenities that remain open year-round.
No matter what time of year you visit, you'll be able to find a place to park the RV for the night. Vega State Park is equipped with three RV-friendly campgrounds that contain nearly 100 sites in total. There are also numerous tenting sites, as well as five rustic cabins.
Far from big city lights and bustling communities, Vega State Park is the perfect RV getaway for those looking to get off-grid for a night or two. Although the park may have you feeling like you're far from the beaten path, it is actually about an hour away from Grand Junction.
The park entrance is located off of Highway 330 E, and at an elevation of 8,000 feet, you will encounter lots of inclines, curves, and switchbacks. Although you may be hugging the mountain for much of the journey, even those in big rigs will be able to access the park without too much trouble, as the routes leading to the park are well maintained and traffic generally moves slowly. Those visiting in the winter should check the local weather forecast and road conditions before setting out, as snow and ice are often present during the colder months.
Once inside the park, you can use the main park road to get to and from all the main attractions. The park is set up in a loop around the Vega Reservoir, and you'll be able to access the campgrounds, day-use area, boat launches, and trailheads from this main road.
There are plenty of parking areas around the park, with lots located all around the reservoir. If you are camping overnight, you can, of course, park the Airstream at your campsite and drive a passenger vehicle or bike around the park.
The Early Settlers Campground is by far the most popular of the four campgrounds at Vega State Park. It is the only campground to offer water and electric hookups, and the 33 RV-friendly sites usually fill up quickly. All sites are pet-friendly, and three are ADA-accessible. There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site, and restrooms with flush toilets and coin-operated showers are located near the campground entrance. There are also vault toilets located on the other side of the campground, a playground, and access to the reservoir nearby. The campground is open from the spring through the autumn, though some sites remain open through the winter -- weather depending. Reservations are required and can be made up to six months in advance.
Aspen Grove Campground is located on the southeast side of the park and is the smallest of the RV-friendly campgrounds, offering 27 campsites. Although no hookups are available at this campground, there are centrally located water pumps available. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring, and vault toilets are available inside of the campground. Feel free to bring your furry friends along, as all sites are pet-friendly. There are also three ADA-accessible sites available at this campground. Sites here are known for being private and fairly spacious, with easy access to group picnicking areas and the reservoir. The campground is open from spring through autumn, and some sites remain open through the winter -- weather depending. Reservations are required and can be made up to six months in advance.
Oak Point Campground is the largest of the park campgrounds with 39 RV- and trailer-friendly sites. No hookups are available, but the campground is outfitted with potable water and pit toilets. Oak Point is located on the northeast side of the Vega Reservoir and provides a boat ramp and an ADA-accessible fishing pier. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring, and pets are allowed so long as they are kept leashed. The campground is open from the early spring through the autumn, with some sites remaining open year-round -- weather depending. Reservations are required and can be made up to six months in advance.
If you'd like to ditch the RV for a night or two, then park at Pioneer Campground. This small, ten site campground is for tents only and requires guests to walk in. There is plenty of parking nearby, and guests will find vault toilets and centrally located water pumps in the campground. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring, and two of the sites are ADA-accessible.
There are also five rustic cabins located in this campground, each of which is ADA-accessible and can sleep up to six guests. Three of the cabins even allow pets for a small additional fee. Each cabin is outfitted with heat, furnished rooms, a refrigerator, and a microwave. Although there is no indoor plumbing available in the cabins, vault toilets and potable water are available in the campground loop. The cabins are available year-round, with reservations available up to six months in advance.
The Vega Reservoir is a great place to spend a warm summer day, and even though the mountain lake is fairly cold all year round, you can still enjoy the scenic water via boat. There's plenty of ways to get out on the lake, whether you're taking the sailboat out for a spin, enjoying a day of water skiing or windsurfing, or breaking a sweat paddleboarding. If you didn't tow your own vessel along behind the Sprinter, the privately-owned Vega Lodge on the east side of the lake offers paddleboard rentals during the summer months. If you brought your own boat, you can head to one of the park's three launches and enjoy a fun-filled day on the lake.
Once you park the pop-up at your site and set up camp, you can begin to explore the park's extensive trail system. There are four trails within the park, and no matter your skill level you'll be able to find a route that suits you. The Aspen Nature Trail is one of the most popular in the park. It measures just over two miles long and is an easy-moderate hike. You'll be treated to beautiful wildflowers in the spring and summer, along with scenic lake views. If you exhaust all the trails within the park, head south into Grand Mesa National Forest for more than 300 additional miles of trails.
If you're looking to kick some dirt up on your RV vacation to Vega State Park, then you're in luck. Although the park trails do not allow motorized vehicles, the nearby Grand Mesa National Forest has over 200 miles of designated OHV routes. For some seriously rugged riding, head to the Norwood District of the forest and take on the Thunder Trails. These four loops offer nearly 20 miles of single track riding, and you could easily spend a whole day zooming around the area.
Those who are looking to learn more about Vega State Park will have plenty of opportunities to do so. Throughout the year, the park offers various educational events and programs that are great for the whole family. Programs cover a variety of topics, from flora and fauna to astrology and history. After you park the travel trailer at your campsite, head to the Visitor Center to see what programs are available during your time at the park.
There is no finer delight than enjoying a picnic with family and friends, and at Vega State Park, you'll be spoiled with stunning views while you lunch outdoors. There are three main picnicking areas in the park, all of which are located near the shore of the Vega Reservoir. If you are planning an event or hosting a group, you can rent the group picnicking area that can accommodate up to 100 people and is equipped with large, spacious counters, electricity, tables, and grills. If you're staying the night, you can always hunker down right outside of the T@B, as each campsite has its own table and fire ring.
Don't hesitate to pack your pole and tackle along in the teardrop, because Vega State Park is a prime fishing spot. At two miles long, the Vega Reservoir is one of the largest bodies of water in the area. It also happens to be one of the most plentiful when it comes to fish. Anglers can cast out from one of the docks, or take out a boat and drop a line from the center of the lake. The most common catch from the reservoir is rainbow trout, but if you're lucky, you might also reel in cutthroats, brooks, or browns during your day on the water.
Once the snow hits Vega State Park, the whole meadow is transformed into a winter wonderland. Trails that were once trekked by hikers transform into routes for cross country skiers and snowshoers. The Vega Reservoir is also a main staple during the winter months, with ice-fishing and ice-skating proving popular. Kids can enjoy the winter weather as well, with a sledding hill and plenty of space for snowman building and snowball fights. Those looking to get their adrenaline pumping during their RV vacation to the park can head to the nearby Grand Mesa National Forest to enjoy hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails. However you choose to enjoy the winter weather, be sure to dress in plenty of layers, as the temperatures are often low during this time of year.
Vega State Park is just far enough off-grid that plants and animals can thrive here in an undisturbed natural setting. Birders should not hesitate to pack their binoculars along in the pop-up, because there are hundreds of species to be seen in the park. Both migratory and resident birds are spotted throughout the year, including scrub jay, raven, black-billed magpie, and lots of shorebirds and waterfowl that congregate at the reservoir. Other wildlife that you may spot as you wander the park includes red fox, mule deer, elk, beaver, and the occasional bear. Remember to keep your distance from any wildlife you may encounter -- for their safety and your own!