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Camping at Stagecoach State Park

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Location and Overview

Stagecoach State Park is a beautiful recreation area located in the verdant Yampa Valley of Colorado, just a short drive south of Steamboat Springs. The Park is centered around a large reservoir, Stagecoach Lake, which is the focal point for many outdoor activities including fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife viewing.

Camping Options

Campgrounds: Stagecoach State Park offers several campgrounds with a variety of camping options, including:

  • Pinnacle Campground for RV and tent camping with electrical hookups
  • Junction City Campground for tent and RV camping without hookups
  • Harding Spur Campground for more secluded tent camping

Facilities: Campsites typically include amenities such as picnic tables, fire grills, nearby restrooms, and potable water. Some sites also provide electrical hookups for RVs.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Camping spots in Stagecoach State Park can be highly sought after, particularly during peak season (summer). It's recommended to make reservations in advance, which can typically be done online through the Colorado Parks & Wildlife reservation system or by calling them directly.

Fees: There are fees for camping at Stagecoach State Park which vary depending on the campsite and amenities. You'll also need to have a valid parks pass for each vehicle entering the park. It's best to check the most current fees on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website.


  • Boating: The reservoir allows for a wide range of boating activities, including power boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. There's a full-service marina where visitors can rent boats or dock their own.

  • Fishing: Stagecoach Reservoir is renowned for its fishing, with opportunities to catch trout, northern pike and walleye. Colorado fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 or older.

  • Hiking and Biking: There are several trails within the park for hiking and mountain biking. These trails offer scenic views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains.

  • Wildlife Viewing: The park is home to various wildlife species, so it's a great place for bird-watching and wildlife photography.

Park Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Restrictions: Check if there are any current fire bans or restrictions in place before starting a campfire.

  • Pets: Pets are usually allowed in the park but must be kept on a six-foot leash and should not be left unattended.

  • Weather Conditions: Be prepared for changeable weather, particularly in the spring and fall.

  • Altitude Sickness: Since the park is at a high altitude, visitors should stay hydrated and give themselves time to acclimatize.


  • Facilities at Stagecoach State Park are designed to be accessible to visitors with disabilities. This includes campsites, fishing areas, trails, and restrooms.

Local Attractions

  • Steamboat Springs: Just a short drive away, Steamboat Springs offers additional accommodations, hot springs, shops, restaurants, and recreational activities.

  • Yampa River: Provides opportunities for rafting, tubing, and additional fishing.

Contact Information

  • Before heading to Stagecoach State Park, it is advisable to check for any updates on conditions, fees, or regulations by contacting the park directly or visiting Colorado Parks & Wildlife's official website.
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