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Highline Lake
Highline Lake

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Daily Individual Parks Pass Fees​

Beginning January 1, 2019, $4.00 Daily Individual Parks Pass Fees are in effect at Highline Lake. 

See the Highline Lake Fees page for more information about new fees for 2019. 

Why are park entrance fees necessary?

If you have questions about: 

  • Who pays to operate and maintain state parks,
  • New Individual Passes,  
  • Why park visitors should purchase an Annual Pass,
  • And more . . .

Please read the Funding Colorado State Parks flyer.

Enjoy Winter Solitude at Highline Lake

Wildlife are on the move! Bring your camera or phone to Highline Lake; you never know what you might see.

​The trails at Highline Lake are in good shape for hiking and biking around Highline and Mack Mesa Lakes.  
  • The little snow accumulation makes our trails perfect for a hike or ride any time of year.
  • The frosty mornings are beautiful to photograph and you might just catch a glimpse of one of our bobcats. 


Highline Lake Closed to Boating

Highline Lake closes to boating every year from October through February. 

Designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, birdwatchers from all over the country descend on Highline for the opportunity to see some rare birds. 

  • In October 2019, tundra swans, golden eagles, and surf scoters were all seen in the park. 
  • Early morning is the best time to spot neat birds, when the water is calm. 

Grab your binoculars and pick up a Bird List from our Visitor Center. 


Plan your 2020 camping trip to Highline Lake.

Visit the CPW Camping Reservations page​ to get started or call 1-800-244-5613 to speak with a live person.​