Vega is a big, beautiful state park centered around a vast alpine lake. It’s secluded Collbran on the Western Slope near the massive Grand Mesa.
Boating and fishing are the main attractions at Vega. Camping is also top notch, they even offer rustic cabins for rent year round. Swimming is not allowed in the reservoir. Pets are permitted at the park.
There are 109 campsites and 5 cabins open year round. Fishing and boating are the main activities. The park is located 10 miles from the tiny town of Collbran. There are a couple places to eat in towns and a general store. The park is secluded on the western edge of Grand Mesa National Forest in the remote Rockies.
Activities at Vega Reservoir
Biking: 7 miles of paved & gravel roads; bikes not allowed on nature trails.
Boating: Vega Reservoir opens sometime late April to early May depending on ice conditions. Water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing are permitted.
Water temperatures remain very cool in summer, dress accordingly. Stay 150 feet away from other boaters and anglers. Water ski only in a counter-clockwise direction, avoid no wake zones
Camping: Yes, open year round; 4 campgrounds, 109 sites; 5 cabins for rent, no sewer hookup. Campgrounds surrounds the lake.
- Early Settlers Campground – 33 pull-through and back-in sites, lakeside, with electrical & water hookups; $20/night
- Aspen Grove Campground – 27 pull-through and back-in sites, centrally located water pumps and vault toilets; $16/night
- Oak Point Campground – 39 pull-through and back-in sites, centrally located water pumps and vault toilets; $16/night.
- Pioneer Campground – 10 walk-in tents sites; $16/night; and 5 rustic cabins, centrally located water pumps and vault toilets. Cabins are $70/night.
- Cabins – Five cabins are available for nightly rental, open year round.
Fishing: Reservoir is 2 miles long when full, the largest in the Grand Valley area. Rainbow trout are predominant with Cutthroats, Brooks and Browns also. 4 fish limit. Ice fishing available.
Hiking: 2 mile nature trail through an aspen forest and mountain shrubs. It begins at the OHV parking lot and ends east of Cattleman’s Meadows. There’s also plenty of trails in nearby Grand Mesa.
Horseback Riding: 7 miles of paved & gravel roads. Nearby Grand Mesa Nat’l Forest offers hundreds of miles of trails. Horse corrals are available for rent, call park for reservation.
Hunting: Open for hunting during established seasons from the first Tuesday after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day. Only archery or shotgun loaded with bird-shot permitted.
OHV Riding: Staging area located in southwest corner of the park. Easy access to hundreds of miles of trails in Grand Mesa National Forest. No riding in the park, except for access to and from Forest Service Rd 262 (Park Creek Rd) and the Early Settlers Campground or Pioneer Cabins and Pioneer Tent-site area. Registration available at visitor center.
- Cross Country Skiing – 2 mile cross country ski trail. Loops around near the lake with plenty of changing terrain.
- Ice Fishing – December to March, ice conditions permitting.
- Ice Skating – December to March, non-groomed surface, skaters may remove snow with shovels.
- Sledding – Best hills next to heated cabins.
- Snowshoeing – Use same 2 mile trail as hiking in summer.
- Snowmobiling – Same trails as OHV Riding.
Address: 15247 North 6/10 Rd, Collbran, CO
Season: Year round, 24/7
Pets: Yes, on leash
Fee: Yes, vehicle entrance fee for day or annual pass
- Vega Brochure
- Early Settlers Campground
- Aspen Grove Camgpround
- Oak Point Campground
- Pioneer Campground