The trails are open year round! Beginning Monday, March 20, the section of trail that takes hikers and bikers across the spillway and dam may be closed for maintenance. Plan to use the Blue Heron Ponds section of the trail that travels below the dam, then joins the main trail at the day use area.
For current trail conditions, see the Conditions Pages or contact the park at 970-858-7208.
Bikers, hikers and walkers have several trails and loops in the park to choose from. The 3.5 mile Highline Lake Trail circles Highline Lake; in addition, there are several bonus loops that provide extra distances, challenges and unique views.
One of the popular loops is the Blue Heron Ponds Loop that travels below the dam, then back up to re-join the Highline Lake Trail.
For a real challenge, ride the world famous 18 Hours of Fruita at Highline Trail; mountain bikers use this trail during the annual 18 hour endurance race that puts Highline Lake at the center of the mountain biking world the first weekend of every May. The 18 Hours of Fruita at Highline Lake Trail is over 7 miles per lap!
If you get a chance, take a look at the scenery - the views from the trails are awesome! Maps and other information about the trails are posted on the Highline Lake Trails pages, and maps are also available at the Visitor Center.
The park is also close to the North Fruita Desert trail system and the Kokopelli Trail head, as well as the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Stop at the Visitor Center for maps of all the trails, including a map made for those who want to bike from Highline Lake to the North Fruita Desert trails and the 18 Road complex, using only rural roads. Ask for it!
The campground makes a perfect base camp for all of the biking opportunities. After using the trails, many bikers swim at the swim beach, during the summer season, or fish in one of the lakes, then enjoy campfires and the star-filled night sky from their campsite!