4 Seasons of Colorado’s Stagecoach State Park

A park for all four seasons - from boating and swimming in the summer to fishing and archery in the winter (you read that right).
fat tire biking on lake
Taking the fat tire out for some winter fishing. Photo by Nora Logue/CPW.

With a 3-mile long reservoir set amid fragrant sagebrush, and great views of the Flat Top Mountains, Stagecoach offers wonderful outdoor recreation in the lush Yampa Valley. Anglers will find good cold-water fishing in this lake known for its fast-growing and hard-fighting rainbow trout, as well as northern pike and a few brown trout. Two hundred bird species await birdwatchers, including white-faced ibis, American white pelicans, mountain bluebirds and both dusky and sharp-tailed grouse. Mule deer, elk, cottontails and many other mammals are common.

Video: 4 Seasons of Colorado’s Stagecoach State Park

Abundant Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Waterfowl and small-game hunting are allowed in some areas of the park. Stagecoach has eight miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Boaters, jet and water skiers, sailors and canoeists will find good recreation, with both wakeless and nonwakeless areas, as well as rentals and a full-service marina. Winter is especially quiet for ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Four campgrounds provide 92 sites, with four electrical campsites maintained for winter camping. For more information, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

Purchase a Colorado State Parks Pass

If your thinking of visiting Stagecoach State Park for more than a day, you should consider getting an annual state parks pass.

Family Annual Parks Pass – $120

Family Annual Parks passes are associated with the pass purchaser’s household address and are valid for a 12-month period. Anyone from the same household as the person that purchased the pass may use the pass. The pass may be transferred between vehicles, as long as a resident of the purchaser’s address is present.

Annual Affixed Vehicle Parks Pass – $80 per vehicle

​Annual Vehicle passes are valid for a 12-month period​. The Annual Affixed Vehicle Parks Pass provides unlimited access to all Colorado State Parks during that time.


Video produced by David Rossow. Additional footage thanks to James Hallock. Funded by the Colorado Parks Foundation.

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