At an elevation of 8,000 feet, Vega State Park’s high-mountain lake sits in a beautiful montane meadow on the northeast edge of Grand Mesa National Forest in Western Colorado.
Vega is great year round for birding, hiking among the changing aspen, fishing and cross-country skiing. Snowmobilers and off-highway vehicle riders can access hundreds of miles of trails in Grand Mesa National Forest from Vega Early Settlers campground, cabins or OHV lot.
Bicycling is enjoyed around the park on our 7 miles of paved and gravel roads and inside the campgrounds.
The hummingbirds have arrived along with many migratory and resident birds. You should easily spot Colorado bluebirds, wild turkeys and red-tailed hawks, common ravens and a variety of raptors, waterfowl and shorebirds.
The Ospreys have built a nest on the roosting pole near the South Road and just recently on the platform on the east end of the lake. The Osprey return to the park each year.
In addition to fishing, water sports such as water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing are popular on Vega’s high-mountain lake (8,000-ft. elevation). Swimming is permitted within the no wake zones in Vega Reservoir.
Cabins and Yurts
Vega has 5 rustic cabins available throughout the year and are located adjacent to a great sledding hill. Cabins include heat, a microwave and refrigerator. Pets are allowed in three of the cabins for an additional $10 a night.
The park’s 109 campsites in three campgrounds surround the lake. The campsites range from pull-through sites with electric hookups to 10 walk-in tent sites in the Pioneer Campground.
Vega offers amaging cross country skiing opportunies on our South Road and near the dam. Come join us each and every winter for skiing on the park.
Dogs are welcome in the park as long as:
they are on a six foot or shorter leash at all times
their waste is properly disposed of
Vega reservoir is about two miles long when full, making it the largest body of water in the Grand Valley area. It is also one of the most productive fisheries. Rainbow Trout are the predominant species, with occasional Cutthroats, Brooks, and Browns being caught. Ice fishing is a popular activity during the winter from December to March.
A fishing license is required and can be purchased at the Visitor Center.
Many people catch their 4-fish limit and claim that the fish taste better from the Vega Lake.
For large gatherings of up to 100 people, call the park office at (970) 487-3407 and reserve the Meadows Group Picnic Area for a family reunion, company picnic or wedding.
This is a nice open pavilion that rents for only $80 per day (9 AM to 9 PM). It is located adjacent to the Aspen Grove Campground, complete with a covered shelter over plenty of picnic tables and food serving countertops with electricity for your appliances. There's also an extra large BBQ grill for cooking.
Hikers can enjoy a two-mile natural surface trail through the beautiful aspen forest and mountain shrub vegetation. This trail doubles as a snowshoe trail in winter months. The trail begins at the Snowmobile/OHV parking lot and ends east of Cattleman's Meadows. There is also a two-mile trail on the north side of the lake which can be accessed on the north side of Oak Point campground and leads all the way to the dam on the west end of the lake. Visitors can also access trails atop the Grand Mesa for hiking, trail biking, and four wheeling in the summer.
Take a leisurely ride around the lake on your four-legged friends! Approximately 7 miles of paved and dirt roads make for a nice easy ride, or for the more adventuresome hundreds of mile of trails can be accessed on the Grand Mesa National Forest.
Horse corrals are available to rent near the Vega Pioneer cabins. The corrals can be reserved by calling the park office at (970) 487-3407. The fee to rent the horse corrals is $10 per head per night.
The park is open for hunting by archery or shotgun loaded with birdshot only during established hunting seasons from the first Tuesday after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Many hunters camp or rent Vega's cabins and then access the vast hunting areas on the Grand Mesa. Hunting licenses are available for purchase at the Visitor Center.
Ice-fishing is available during the winter months. Please use caution when ice fishing. Have proper safety equipment and follow safety guidelines.
Ice Skating is available when ice conditions are favorable. Although park staff does not clear snow from the ice, park visitors may clear it with snow shovels.
Although jet skiing is available, lake water temperatures are always very cool even in the summer months. Please dress accordingly and respect the rights of anglers and boaters and remain at least 150 feet from other recreationists as required by law.
The OHV/Snowmobile staging area is located in the southwest corner of the park provides trailer parking with easy access to hundreds of miles open trails in the Grand Mesa National Forest.
No OHV riding is permitted in the park, except for access to and from Forest Service RD 262 (Park Creek RD), and the Early Settlers CG or the Pioneer Cabins and Pioneer Tent-site area.
Note: If camping in the Aspen Grove or Oak Point campgrounds, OHVs are required to be hauled to the OHV lot adjacent to Park Creek Road. A daily or annual park pass is required to use the OHV lot.
The lake at Vega State Park offers the perfect paddle boarding opportunity, with stunning views and expansive waters! Participants must wear PFDs. Plan ahead: dress for cold waters, and obtain boards before entering the park. Vega Lodge, privately owned, adjacent to the park does rent Stand Up Paddle Boards.
The summer wild flowers are blooming and colorful from mid June to mid July. The summer clouds and storms provide a great backdrop for photographs. In addition, there are wildlife that can be photographed - from a distance.
Vega has wonderful scenic picnic sites located around the reservoir, including Cattleman’s Meadows, Turtle Shell Day Use area and the Overlook picnic area. The Meadows Group Picnic Area is a reservations-only large group picnicking site with plenty of room for volleyball or badminton if you bring your own equipment.
Sledding is available with appropriate snow conditions with one of the best hills adjacent to our heated cabins.
The OHV/Snowmobile Staging Area located in the southwest corner of the park, provides trailer parking with easy access to hundreds of miles of Grand Mesa National Forest trails.
Please make sure you have a daily or annual parks pass on your vehicle when parking in this area. Winter Recreation Grand Mesa maps are available for sale at the Visitor Center.
Our two mile nature trail is an excellent jaunt for snowshoers of all levels.
Available with appropriate snow conditions.
Bring your own gear and set up in any number of open areas!
The Meadows Group Picnic Area has plenty of room; call for reservations (970) 487-3407.
Skiing on the reservoir is allowed. Please remember to ski only in a counter-clockwise direction; avoid the no-wake zones and dress warmly due to cooler waters.
Depending upon the time of year and time of day, you can view various wildlife, including marmots, chipmunks, foxes, beavers, porcupines, and on rare occasions - a bear. Always maintain a safe distance from wildlife. There is a possibility you might even see a moose!
Since some campsites may be open for winter camping, please call the park for daily conditions. Some roads are kept plowed, but campsites within the campgrounds may or may not be plowed. Some winter vault toilets remain open.
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