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St. Vrain State Park

St. Vrain State Park is a family-friendly destination for visitors seeking a peaceful and simple outdoor break. 

Cover Photo: Jenny Clark

Formerly named Barbour Ponds, this nature and people-friendly park offers 604 acres of land and 152 acres of water split among several ponds. It’s a great place for anglers, campers, photographers, birders, walkers and anyone who loves nature. Amenities include modern camping facilities, trails, fishing piers and more. It’s an easy drive from Denver or Fort Collins, located on Highway 119 just off I-25 (Exit 240). 

Wildlife Viewing

​St. Vrain State Park is home to a variety of wildlife in a fairly small area, including:Coyote, Red Fox, Bobcat, White-tailed and Mule Deer, Beaver, Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, Cottontail Rabbit, and Black-tailed Prairie Dog.

There are also a variety of reptiles and amphibians such as Snapping Turtle, Painted Turtle, Soft-shell Turtle, Bullfrog, Chorus Frog, Northern Watersnake, Bullsnake, and a couple species of Garter Snakes.

Fishing/ Ice fishing

The ponds offer Bluegill, Green and Red-Ear Sunfish, Pumpkin Seed, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Saugeye/Walleye, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish and Rainbow Trout. Trout fishing is excellent from fall through spring.

Birding

Visitors can observe migrating waterfowl, songbirds and raptors. During the winter, St. Vrain is home to bald eagles. 

For more information, check out the park’s bird list​.

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