Experience Colorado’s Natural Beauty: Sylvan Lake State Park

1500 Brush Creek Rd., off Hwy. 6W, Eagle For anyone craving an authentic taste of Colorado’s rugged natural beauty, this

Sylvan Lake State Park, Coorado

1500 Brush Creek Rd., off Hwy. 6W, Eagle

For anyone craving an authentic taste of Colorado’s rugged natural beauty, this incredibly scenic park is the perfect stop. Not only is it nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 8,500 feet, it’s also surrounded by the White River National Forest. This unspoiled alpine retreat boasts miles of fir, spruce, aspen, and juniper amid giant formations of glacial rock and sandstone. Migratory and resident birds include the raven, golden eagle, and mountain bluebird.

Ideal for hiking, picnicking, or simply relaxing, the park also contains a shimmering 40-acre lake. Anglers will revel in the bounty of trout. And for winter enthusiasts there’s ice fishing as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Open year-round. Entrance fee.

http://parks.state.co.us

(970) 328-2021

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest