Colorado River State Park

James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park

James M. Robb Colorado River is a diverse state park that’s made up of five sections, running from Debeque Canyon to Fruita. It begins at Debeque Canyon and passes the five pearls of the Colorado River State Park. Each one offers something special.

The park was renamed in 2005 to James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park to honor the man who created the “string of pearls” that is the five distinct districts.


  • Island Acres – The eastern most part of the park located east of Palisade, exit 247 from I-70; narrow-strip of park surrounded by steep canyons cut by the Colorado River which runs through the park. It’s just off I-70, but noises can usually be tuned out.
  • Corn Lake – Day-use area offering fishing and boat ramp to Colorado River.
  • Colorado River Wildlife Area – Day-use area aimed at protected wildlife habitat.
  • Connected Lakes – Day-use section offering fishing and boat ramp to Colorado River.
  • Fruita – The western most part of the Park located 0.5 mile south of exit 19 from I-70 in the city of Fruita; larger park with Visitor Center, lake and Colorado River access.


Biking/Hiking – Numerous trails exist throughout all five sections.

Boating: Hand carry and electric motorized vessels are permitted on the lakes at Island Acres, Corn Lake, Connected Lakes and Fruita.

Camping: Year round at Island Acres Section in Debeque Canyon and Fruita Section. Sites include picnic tables, bbq grills and campfire rings. Group camping available in Fruita Section.

Fishing: Year round at Island Acres, Corn lake, Connected Lakes, and Fruita. Island Acres, Corn Lake and Fruita are stocked.

Hunting: Island Acres, Corn Lake and the Wildlife Area offer reservable waterfowl blinds during season.

OHV: No riding in park. Registrations available at Island Acres, Corn Lake and Fruita. Grand Mesa NF and BLM properties offer riding nearby.

Swimming: Island Acres Swim Beach is open during season.

Trails: All trails of Colorado River State Park are included in the Colorado Riverfront Trail System.

Whitewater Rafting: Boat launch at Fruita is used for whitewater rafting. Sections of Class IV and V exist downstream on the Colorado River.


Address: 361 32nd Rd, Clifton

Nearby Towns:

Phone: 970-434-3388

Season: Year round

Hours: 5am-10pm, unless fishing/camping

Pets: Yes, on leash

Fees: $7/day, $70/year (annual)

Maps: (PDF)



Blogs: 4/25/2012