Vega State Park provides visitors with several camping
options. Most campsites are within easy walking distance of
the shoreline. Early Settlers Campground offers 34 pullthrough and back-in campsites, with electrical and water
hookups, flush toilets and coin-operated showers. Aspen
Grove Campground has 28 pull-through and back-in sites
with centrally located water pumps and vault toilets. Oak
Point Campground provides 37 pull-through and back in
sites with centrally located water pumps and vault toilets. For
a more unique experience, Pioneer Campground offers 10
walk-in tent sites and five rustic cabins, with centrally located
water pumps and vault toilets. Campgrounds are open during
the spring, summer and fall months. An RV dump station
is located near Early Settlers Campground, just north of the
Visitor Center. Cabins are available year round. To reserve
a campsite or a cabin, call 1-800-678- 2267 if outside the
Denver area, or 303-470-1144 in the Denver area, or visit
Vega on the web at www.cpw.state.co.us
Corrals & Pets
Horse corrals are adjacent to the cabins on USFS Road #262
that leads to the Grand Mesa National Forest. Corrals can
be reserved by calling the Visitor Center (970)487-3407.
Additional fees apply for use of the corrals and bringing a pet
to the cabins. There are no fees for pets at the campsites but
please keep them attended, under control, on a six foot leash
and be sure to clean up their waste.
Vega offers several quiet day-use picnic areas overlooking
the lake. Located adjacent to Aspen Grove campground, the
covered Meadows Group Picnic Area provides a beautiful
setting for family reunions, weddings and other events. This
handicap accessible area will accommodate 100 people and
includes: a huge BBQ grill, serving tables, water, electricity,
picnic tables, and a large grass field for sport activities. To
reserve up to one year in advance, call the Visitor Center at
Fishing & Hunting
Vega’s two-mile long reservoir is the largest body of water
in the Grand Valley. A Colorado Fishing License is required
Easily observable wildlife include: marmots, mule deer,
chipmunks, weasels, porcupines, and foxes. Rarer sightings
include: black bear, beavers, elk and moose. Over 100 species
of birds share Vega’s habitat including waterfowl, ospreys,
hawks, hummingbirds, bluebirds, blue
grouse, and wild turkeys. Educational
hikes and programs are offered during
the summer and throughout the year
by calling in advance.
The OHV/snowmobile staging area
is located in the southwest corner of
the park. It provides parking with easy access to the Grand
Mesa National Forest via US Forest Service Road 262 (Park
Creek Road). Although snowmobile operation is permitted
in most areas of the park, the operation of four-wheelers
(OHV) is not permitted. Only campers at Early Settlers and
Pioneer cabin areas are allowed to drive their OHV from
their site to USFS Road 262. Other campground users are
required to trailer their OHVs to the staging area. OHVs
and snowmobiles must have a current registration and tow
vehicles are required to have a state parks pass while using the
C O L O R A D O PA R K S & W I L D L I F E
A restaurant is located adjacent to the park. Commercial,
religious, and medical facilities can be found in Collbran
12 miles west of the park.
Vega has two all-terrain, non electric, wheel chairs, free of
charge for anyone needing help with access to trails or the
shoreline. Please inquire at the Visitors Center for more
ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS
In the interest of public safety and
park preservation, we ask that you:
1. Obey posted speed limits &
keep vehicles on designated
roads and parking areas.
2. Place trash and recycling in proper containers.
3. Build fires in grills provided or portable grills.
4. Camp only in designated campsites.
5. Respect quiet hours after 10 PM.
First aid can be obtained at the
Entrance Station, Visitor Center,
or from any Park Ranger. An
ambulance with EMTs is located
in Collbran. For medical or law
Boating & Water Sports
Vega’s vast reservoir offers opportunities for sailing, canoeing,
water-skiing, and jet-skiing. Swimming is not permitted. Boat
ramps are available at day use areas located near Early Settlers,
Oak Point and Island campgrounds. Motorboats and sailboats
must be registered and inspected for Aquatic Nuisance Species
at the Entrance Station or Visitor Center before launching.
Colorado boating statutes and regulations apply.
Come and enjoy Vega’s Winter Wonderland! Vega offers
some of the best areas for ice-fishing, cross-country skiing,
snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. The rustic cabins can be
reserved year-round and are located near USFS Road 262
with access to the Grand Mesa National Forest.
Vega State Park
P.O. Box 186 • Collbran, CO 81624
(970) 487-3407 • email@example.com
Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado
through Colorado Lottery proceeds.
Photo by Tom Wulf
All vehicles entering Colorado State Parks are required to
display a Daily or Annual State Parks Vehicle Pass on the
windshield. A Camping Permit and a Vehicle Pass are required
for camping. Daily Passes and Camp Permits can be purchased
at the Entrance Station, self-serve stations or the Visitor Center.
Annual Park Passes and discounted Aspen Leaf Annual Passes
(for Colorado residents 64 years and older) are also available.
for everyone 16 years and older and can be purchased at
the Visitor Center. Many people catch their 4-fish limit of
Rainbow, Cutthroat, or Cutbow Trout. Oak Point day use
area has a handicap accessible fishing dock. Hunting is
permitted in the park during established seasons from the
first Tuesday after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial
Day. Archery or shotgun loaded with birdshot is permitted.
Many hunters will camp in the park and hunt the nearby
Grand Mesa National Forest. Colorado hunting statutes and
Photo by Leslie Nisbet
Passes & Permits
© JENNIFER LOWSHAW
Vega State Park
igh above the little mountain town of Collbran lies
Vega State Park, with 1,830 acres of scenic mountain
splendor nestled on the northern edge of the Grand
Mesa. The park’s name comes from the Spanish word for
“Meadows.” Visitors enjoy the vibrant montane meadows of
wildflowers, aspen-covered hillsides, deer, foxes, bluebirds
By 1957, construction of the dam began. With completion
of Vega dam in 1962, a 900-acre reservoir was formed. In
1959, Vega State Park was established in partnership with the
Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation and the
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
At 8000 feet in elevation, Vega Reservoir and its meadows are
rich in history and natural beauty. The Ute Indians inhabited
this region prior to the 1776 visit from Spanish explorers,
Dominguez and Escalante. In the 1880’s, early Plateau Valley
settlers constructed houses and a cemetery in the area now
known as Vega State Park.
Although the primary goal of the reservoir is to supply
irrigation water to ranchers and farmers, Vega quickly
became a great camping, boating and fishing destination.
Snowmobiling, ice-fishing, and rustic cabins also make Vega
a well-known winter sports area. With easy access to the
Grand Mesa National Forest, many campers and hunters
travel by four-wheelers, horseback, or snowmobile to more
than 300 miles of trails south of Vega.
We invite you to explore and enjoy Vega State Park’s unique
1.2 Miles to Grand Mesa
National Forest via Park
Creek Road - #262
& ANS Inspection
Located south of the dam, the Visitor Center offers
exceptional educational displays, handicap accessible
restrooms, and a gift shop. By purchasing firewood,
nature items or souvenirs, you will help sustain Vega’s
environmental education programs. Other items for sale
include: park passes; camping permits; boat, OHV, or
snowmobile registrations; fishing and hunting licenses.