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Elkhead Reservoir State Park Overview

Elkhead Reservoir State Park is a recreational haven located in the beautiful state of Colorado. This park is known for its scenic views, abundant wildlife, and a wide range of water-based activities due to the Elkhead Reservoir. It is situated near the town of Craig, in the northwest part of Colorado.

Camping Information

Campsite Details

  • Types of Camping: The park offers a variety of camping experiences, including developed campgrounds with basic facilities, as well as more primitive sites for those seeking a rustic experience.
  • Reservations: It's typically a good idea to make reservations for campsites, especially during peak season. This can usually be done through Colorado's park reservation system online or by phone.
  • Facilities: Campgrounds within the park often provide basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. Some may offer electrical hookups for RVs and access to potable water.


  • Fire Safety: Due to varying conditions, fire restrictions may be in place. Always check the current fire rules before starting any campfires and only use designated fire areas.
  • Pets: Pets are generally allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
  • Quiet Hours: Most parks, including Elkhead Reservoir State Park, enforce quiet hours, typically from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.
  • Alcohol and Cannabis: Alcohol may be permitted within your campsite, but be sure to check the current regulations. Remember that the use of cannabis in public, which includes all state parks, remains illegal in Colorado.

Activities and Recreation

Water Activities

  • Boating: The reservoir is a hotspot for boating. Whether you prefer motorized or non-motorized craft, there's plenty of water to explore.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing on the reservoir, which is stocked with various fish species.
  • Swimming: Designated swimming areas may be available, but swimmers should always be cautious as there are no lifeguards on duty.

Land Activities

  • Hiking and Biking: Trails around the reservoir provide opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park's varied habitats are home to an array of wildlife, including birds and mammals.

Winter Activities

During the winter months, when the conditions are right, the park may offer ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Important Tips

  • Weather: Be prepared for varying weather conditions. Altitude can cause weather to change rapidly, and nights can be quite cool, even in summer.
  • Altitude Acclimation: If you're coming from a lower elevation, take it easy at first to adjust to the higher altitude of the park.
  • Water and Hydration: Always have plenty of water on hand, especially during outdoor activities, to avoid dehydration.
  • Leave No Trace: As with any natural area, practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information regarding camping, reservations, and park conditions at Elkhead Reservoir State Park, it's best to contact the park directly or visit the official Colorado State Parks website. This can provide you with the necessary details for planning your trip, as well as any recent changes to rules or available amenities.

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