Located around 7,600 feet above sea level, Vega State Park is a high altitude scenic paradise for RV lovers. The highlight of the park is the high-mountain lake that sits in a beautiful meadow and provides amazing fishing and boating opportunities. The land at the lake shore is a wetland so it provides a very diverse environment for animals. The land where Vega State Park is now was once the swampy shoreline of a huge inland sea during the Paleozoic era. The swamps were filled with sea creatures and their fossilized remains can still be found within the park on occasion. White settlers arrived in the area in 1881, and most of the land was settled by 1885 by farmers. The park was officially opened in 1967 and regularly attracts over 180,000 visitors a year. Along with the lake offering fantastic recreational activities there are also many other fun options, including hiking, hunting and many winter recreations.
Vega State Park is home to four campgrounds with three of them having RV camping facilities. In total there are 76 non-powered sites and 32 electric sites with 50 amp power connection. Peak season at Vega State Park runs from mid May to mid September.
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Transportation in Vega State Park
Vega State Park is located on the western side of Colorado and is tucked in near Grand Mesa National Forest. Access to the park can be achieved by taking Penninsula Road which is located off Highway 330 East. Since this park is so high up in altitude you should expect for the driving conditions to be a bit more difficult than usual. The roads are very windy and hilly which could prove difficult for those traveling with a bigger rig. The park is also quite isolated, so make sure you pick up your supplies from towns before or at the town of Collbran. Mesa, Molina and Collbran are the closest towns to the park and Denver is the closest city.
If you are coming from Collbran: Stay on 330 East that goes past Collbran for about 12 miles to Mesa County Rd. Take 64 6/10ths Road and turn right at the Vega State Park sign. Drive five miles to the Park Entrance Station and go another half mile and turn right across Vega Dam to the Park Visitor Center.
Coming from Denver: Take Exit 62 off of I-70. Turn left and follow t45 1/2 Road for around 12 miles to Highway 65. Turn left, keep going for a quarter of a mile and then turn left onto Highway 330. Follow this road as directed above to the park.
There is plenty of parking at Vegas State Park.
There are no public transport options for Vega State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Vega State Park
Campsites in Vega State Park
Aspen Grove Campground
Aspen Grove Campground is the smallest campground at Vega State Park that has RV camping options. In total there are 27 pull-through and back-in sites available that are non-powered. There are centrally located water pumps for you to access drinking water, along with vault toilets and picnic areas. The sites in Aspen Grove are quite private and feature tree-lined sites, wildflower fields and they all have easy access to the large Group Picnic Area. This campground is located near the southern end of the lake and like the other two campgrounds it has great views of the water. We recommend this site for campers who are looking for a quiet RV getaway.
You will not be able to get cell service at Aspen Grove Campground. Reservations are available year round, but make sure you call ahead if you are coming in winter to make sure that the campground will be open.
Early Settlers Campground
Early Settlers Campground is a medium-sized campground located within Vega State Park. There are 33 pull-through and back-in sites in this campground that have 50 amp electrical, and some also have water hook-ups. This campground is the most popular in the park as it is the only campground that offers powered sites. Early Settlers Campground is located on the opposite side of the lake to Oak Point Campground.
Hot showers and a toilet block can be found in Early Settlers Campground but there is no dump station or boat ramp. We recommend Early Settlers Campground if you want to stay at a powered site during your visit to Vega State park. You will not be able to get cell service at Early Settlers Campground. Reservations are available year round, but make sure you call ahead if you are coming in winter to make sure that the campground will be open.
Oak Point Campground
Oak Point Campground is one of the three RV friendly campgrounds that you can use at Vega State Park. Oak Point has 37 pull-through and back-in sites campsites and is located next to beautiful Vega Reservoir.
There are no electric sites in the Oak Point campground but pet friendly sites are available. Other amenities include two dump stations, hot showers and toilets for your convenience. Most campsites have a table and fire ring and there is also a picnic area. Boat lovers will also be glad to hear that there is also a boat ramp in this campground. This campground is ideal if you are looking for a non-powered site that has great access and views to the reservoir. You will not be able to get cell service at Oak Point Campground. Reservations are available year round, but make sure you call ahead if you are coming in winter to make sure that the campground will be open.
Seasonal activities in Vega State Park
During the spring and summertime Vega's Great Outdoors Colorado Naturalists offer fun family programs for you to enjoy during your visit to the park. Programs are run on Friday and Saturday afternoon and evenings. Depending on what is happening when you visit, there will be chances for you to learn about the history of the area, along with flora & fauna and astrology. Check out the calendar on the Vega State Park website for upcoming events that will be on when you are visiting the park. You can also call the park to organise special programs if you are traveling in a large group.
While swimming isn't allowed in Vega Reservoir, boating and water sports such as water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing are popular on the high-mountain lake. Paddle boarding is another really popular thing to do on the lake, but make sure to bring your own board as no rentals are available in the park. PFD's must also be worn when on the water. All boat ramps open at Vega State Park at the end of April or early May depending on whether the ice on the reservoir has melted.
Vega reservoir is an awesome fishing location! When full the lake is around two miles long, which is the largest body of water in the Grand Valley area. It is the most productive fishery in the region too. Rainbow trout is the main species, with cutthroats, brooks, and browns also being common. If you come to the park during the winter, ice fishing is also a very popular activity. A fishing license is required if you want to cast a line and it can be purchased at the Visitor Center.
Vega State Park is open for archery and shotgun hunting during the established seasons. The season usually runs from the first Tuesday after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Along with the land in the park that is available to hunt on, you can also explore the vast hunting areas of the Grand Mesa. You must have a hunting license if you want to hunt and they are available from the Visitor Center. Before you begin hunting contact the park office for more information and rules.
Bird lovers can find some interesting species within the park. Hummingbirds are very common, along with Colorado bluebirds, wild turkeys, red-tailed hawks, common ravens and a variety of raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds. While the reservoir isn't the best for bird watching, the scrub around the park can contain Virginia’s warbler, dusky flycatcher, green-tailed towhee, and western scrub-jay. There is also an osprey nest that is located on an artificial roosting pole. You can find the nest near the South Road and the birds return to it each year.
Hiking fans will be happy with their visit to Vega State Park as there are a few different trails for you to explore. The park is known for its wildflower walks, which can be found between the Oak Point and Island campgrounds, or along the South Road and near the Meadows Group Shelter Area. There is also a two-mile natural surface trail through the aspen forest and mountain shrub vegetation. This trail begins at the OHV parking lot and it also doubles as a snowshoe trail in the winter months once the snow starts to fall.