If Colorado’s dry climate has you achin’ for some time near the water, then you’ve gotta get your butt out to Grand Mesa National Forest, and Vega State Park. Winter or summer, the fun never stops here. The main attractions in the area are the stunning high-mountain lakes (there’s tons in the area), and Vega is perfect for fishing, boating, water sports, and all sorts of winter activities. Take a hike to see the changing aspens, go crazy on the nearby U.S. Forest Service snowmobile trails, or fish for your next meal. Stay a while, because the campgrounds are situated on prime lakefront property. That’s something you can’t find just anywhere! There are even five cabins if you want to snuggle up under an actual roof. Just be sure to spend some time photographing everything around you, because on a scale of 1 to Gorgeous, this place is off the charts.
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History of Vega State Park
The area where Vega State Park is now located was once the swampy shore of an inland sea. During the Paleozoic time it was filled with sea creatures, most predominately giant sea turtles whose remains can still occasionally be found today. The first permanent settlers came into the area now known as Vega State Park in the fall of 1881 following removal of the Ute Indians onto reservations in eastern Utah. In 1957, the need for increased water storage for irrigation in Plateau Valley brought about the construction of Vega Reservoir by the Bureau of Reclamation. The 900 surface acre lake, part of the Collbran Project, was completed by June of 1962. Vega gets its water from a feeder canal off Park and Leon Creeks in addition to direct flow from the headwaters of Plateau Creek.