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C O L O R A D O P A R K S & W I L D L I F E Crawford State Park FACT SHEET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 Who we are Nestled in the midst of one of Colorado’s most scenic western slope areas, Crawford State Park is the place to enjoy peace and tranquility. The park offers visitors camping, fishing, water sports, hunting and numerous other leisure-time activities in scenic mountain surroundings. The park’s elevation guarantees a mild climate in any season. The spectacular Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is only 12 miles from Crawford State Park. A number of famous geological landmarks near Crawford State Park include Needle Rock, Castle Rock and Saddle Mountain. Visitors to Crawford State Park spend about $9.9 million annually in local communities.1 Top attractions Camping, fishing and other water recreation activities are popular at Crawford. The scenic backdrop of the area holds great appeal. • Crawford provides camping opportunities and convenient access to other tourist attractions, such as the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, the West Elk Scenic Highway and the Gunnison National Forest. • Our partners • • • • • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Crawford Area Water Users Town of Crawford Rocky Mountain Conservancy Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce • • • • • Delta County Commissioners Delta County Road and Bridge Department Delta County Tourism Council Delta County Nature Connection Delta County Schools Challenges we face Funding cuts have resulted in reduced access and concerns over maintaining the facilities at Crawford State Park. • There is a lack of staff to cover increasing year round visitation. Volunteer activities Volunteers serve as campground hosts, entrance station attendants and maintenance support at the park. • Volunteers also plant trees, work on trails, organize activities and provide general support to all park activities. • 1Source: Corona Research, Colorado State Parks Marketing Assessment, “Visitor Spending Analysis 2008-2009” (adjusted for inflation). COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING/CPW • 40468 Hwy 92, Crawford, CO, 81415 (910) 921-5721 • Email: Park Manager: Ed Keleher As of June 30, 2017 Manager’s Message Crawford State Park, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountain’s West Elk Range, is surrounded by extraordinary views created by majestic mountains and unique geological features. The park has been providing year round recreation since 1964. From the park, visitors are treated to close up views of Lands End, Mt. Lamborn, the Sleeping Indian, Cathedral Peak and more. The park provides a perfect framing for Needle Rock, a Crawford landmark, and an excellent example of a laccolith (a lava flow that never erupted). The reservoir is a boating- and angling-enthusiast’s delight with calm waters and miles of shoreline to explore. Campers, hikers and other visitors are often treated to sightings of wildlife and birds. Geography Region: Southwest County: Delta Year Acquired: 1967 Elevation: 6,600 ft Miles From Denver: 246 Acreage Total Acres: 760 Employees Permanent: 4 Temporary: 7 Volunteers: 14 Volunteer Hours: 3,133 Trails Hiking: 3.6 miles Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing: 3.6 miles Total: 3.6 miles Annual Visitation 95,230 Roads Paved: 1.6 miles Unpaved: 1.4 miles Facilities 2 Boat Ramps Dump Station Group Picnic Area 40 Picnic Sits Showers (coin-operated) Visitor Center Governmental US Cong Dist: 3rd CO Senate: 5th CO House: 61st Walden Fort Collins Craig Hayden Steamboat Springs Sterling Estes Loveland Park Greeley Oak Creek Fort Brush Morgan Meeker Kremmling Wray Brighton Denver Golden Avon Vail Rifle Frisco Glenwood Springs Breckenridge Collbran Fruita Aspen Leadville Castle Rock Limon Burlington Fairplay Grand Junction Delta Paonia Hotchkiss Buena Vista Crawford Olathe Crawford Montrose Camping Campsites (basic, seasonal): 21 Campsites (electrical, seasonal): 45 Colorado Springs Kit Carson Cripple Creek Gunnison Recreation Boating Fishing Hunting Ice Fishing Jet Skiing Ranger/Nature Programs Sailboarding Snowtubing Swimming Water Skiing Wildlife/Bird Viewing Winter Camping Salida Canon City Pueblo Ridgway Ouray Lamar La Junta Dove Creek Walsenburg Monte Vista Dolores Cortez Mancos Durango Alamosa La Veta Springfield Pagosa Springs Trinidad COLORADO PARKS & WILDLIFE 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 (303) 297-1192 KEN PAPALEO//HIGH COUNTRY COLORING/CPW Crawford State Park

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