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Highline Lake
Highline Lake
Highline Lake in March

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An oasis in the desert, Highline Lake is the recreation epicenter for the Grand Valley with two lakes, lush grass, trails and trees.

No matter the season, Highline Lake State Park is a diverse and welcome retreat. Connected to miles of trails and close to communities, the park makes an ideal base camp for exploring the Grand Junction area. Whether passing through on mountain bikes, or as an end destination, the park welcomes campers, anglers, families and groups.

Birders have plenty to see here. The Audubon Society designated the park an important bird area; thousands migrate through the area every winter.

​Highline & Mack Mesa Lakes

​Highline Lake is still frozen.  Not frozen enough to go fishing on, though.  Do NOT go onto the ice! 

The good news is that the spot in the middle of the lake where the birds sit and keep the water open is growing larger day by day.  

Highline Lake may be showing lots of open water by March 1; however, it all depends on the weather!

Mack Mesa Lake is still frozen over, also.  The ice is not safe, though! Please do not go onto the ice at either Mack Mesa or Highline Lakes!

The majestic pair of bald eagles that winter in the park like to perch in the tree just east of the Visitor Center, or in the big cottonwoods in Day Use.  Watching them swoop down to the lake for their dinner is an amazing sight.


​Visitor Center

Winter hours are 8 AM to 4 PM seven days per week.  Be sure to STOP and look at the window when driving past the Visitor Cen​​ter!   We are here, unless the sign says we aren't! Stop by and purchase or renew your passes, licenses and registrations. 

For a unique anytime gift, browse our retail store for items you won't find anywhere else!  Clothing, stuffed critters, books for ages 1 to 101, games, puzzles and gift certificates that can be used for anything in the Visitor Center, including annual passes.

Sun-up and sun-down are great times to see our beautiful herd of mule deer fe​​​​eding​ in the fields at the corner of R Road and 11.8 Road.