St. Vrain State Park

Colorado State ParksAfter driving a mere thirty minutes north on Interstate 25, we took the Hwy 119 exit and within minutes we pulled into the St. Vrain State Park in Longmont, Colorado. Don’t you just love short commutes?  Check in was quick and in less than 15 minutes we were set up for our five-day stay.

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The view out my door

We scored a beautiful lake front site that had Al and me smiling during our entire stay. The weather was hit and miss but with the lovely view we didn’t mind.Colorado State Parks

Colorado State ParksAfter lounging around camp for a little while, I set off on an exploratory hike.

I walked around the various campground loops and quickly discovered we booked one of the nicest sites for our needs.

I so enjoyed this campsite with a water view not to mention watching the various birds.  I’m definitely in my element when camped near water.


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FalconSt. Vrain State Park encompasses 604 acres with several dispersed ponds.  These ponds make perfect habitat for a host of birds; Egrets, Herons, Falcons, White Pelicans, Ducks, Geese, and Eagles just to name a few.

And yes, I did say White Pelicans.  That sure was a strange find considering this is Colorado after all.


White Pelicans

St. Vrain State ParkThe ponds are stocked with a host of fish (bluegill, crappies, large mouth bass, perch, catfish and rainbow trout) making this state park a popular destination with anglers.  Most of the folks we saw were fishing from shore, but from time to time we did notice a kayak or belly boat.Colorado State ParksThese ponds are so pretty and full of life now, it’s hard to believe they were once part of a huge gravel pit.  There’s groomed trails around and between all the ponds making it great for hiking.Colorado State Parks

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The St. Vrain State Park has 87 campsites and is open year-round.  Sites 1-41 have electric hook-ups with water near by and a dump station conveniently located.  The campers services building has clean restrooms and showers.Colorado State ParksSites 42-87 have full-hook ups; electric, water, and sewer.  We stayed in site 53.  As beautiful as this looks, do note; this Colorado State Park although conveniently located next to Interstate 25 the location does make for a less than tranquil environment.  One can expect a steady supply of traffic noise at any of the campsites.Colorado State ParksAs I continued on my exploratory hike, I hiked around the last campground loop where I stumbled upon LuAnn and Terry’s campground site and of course I had to drop in and say, “Hello”. It was great seeing these two again.  It had been a while since we last ran into each other.Colorado State Parks

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