Formerly named Barbour Ponds, St. Vrain State Park features 604 acres of land and 152 acres of water, split between several ponds. It’s easy to reach in Firestone, located between Denver and Fort Collins on Highway I-25.
The park features year round recreation and stunning views of Longs Peak. It’s also home to great fishing and simple boating on the Blue Heron Reservoir.
Home of Blue Heron Reservoir
Camping and other recreation is available year round. There are miles of trails open to hikers and bikers around the park. Each are relatively simple treks and perfect for an afternoon or morning excursion.
Activities at Saint Vrain
Biking: 3.5 miles of roads and trails open to biking within the park.
Birding: Home to the largest Heron rookery in the state. Bald eagle reside at the park during the winter.
Boating: Blue Heron Reservoir permits vessels that are hand or foot propelled, and those with electric trolling motors. All boats must be hand launched.
Camping: Yes, 8 Campgrounds, 87 Sites, open year round; Nightly Fee; Reservations recommended during peak summer season. Coin operated showers are in the Camper Services Building. Each campsite has a 6 person and 2 tent limit.
Fishing: Permitted in all the ponds. Bluegill, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass perch, pumpkinseed, and rainbow trout are common. The ponds are stocked a few times a year with selected species.
Hiking: There are four easy trails each one looping around a pond. Pets are welcomed on leash.
- Muskrat Run Nature Trail – 1 mi
- Bald Eagle Pond Trail – 1 mi
- Coot Pond Trail – 1mi
- Pelican Pond Trail – 1.3 mi
Picnicking: Numerous picnic sites with grills and sheltered tables.
Winter Recreation: Snowshoeing if snow level permits. The campgrounds remain open. Snowmobiles are not permitted in the park.
Additional Services: Park entrance can register off highway vehicles, snowmobiles, jet skis, and motor boats, but cannot be used in the park.
Address: 3785 Weld County Rd 24 1/2, Firestone, CO
Season: Year round
Hours: 6am-10pm, unless camping/fishing
Fee: $7/daily, $70/annual (vehicle)
Map: Saint Vrain Brochure (PDF)