Visit a Colorado State Park this November

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Just because it’s November in Colorado doesn’t mean you can’t go camping. In some parts of the state, November will still give you sunny and warm(er) days perfect for all sorts of outdoor play. Our state parks are perfect for a weekend getaway, and the following four are ideal this time of year.

Lake Pueblo State Park, Pueblo

Anglers love Lake Pueblo, and with 10,000 acres of land, it’s also a great place for hiking, biking, or simply exploring nature. Campers enjoy views of the Greenhorn and Wet Mountains to the southwest and Pikes Peak to the north.

Full-service marinas and a diversity of campsites invite guests to stay awhile. Water recreation includes sailing, motor-boating, waterskiing, river tubing, and fishing.

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As the southernmost state park on this list, Trinidad Lake should also be the warmest. Trinidad Lake is ideal for water sports and fishing, while miles of trails winding through local history and spectacular scenery provide opportunities for outdoor exploration.

Highline Lake State Park, Loma

Highline Lake State Park is west of Grand Junction, near the Utah border. Considered an oasis in the desert, its lakes, lush grass, trails, and trees make it the recreation epicenter of the Grand Valley. Connected to miles of trails and close to communities, the park also makes an ideal base for exploring the Grand Junction area.

Mancos State Park, Mancos, Colorado

Mancos State Park in southwestern Colorado is a haven for year-round outdoor recreation. In the spring, summer, and fall, canoeists, kayakers, and wakeless power boaters enjoy the calm waters of Jackson Gulch Reservoir. Mesa Verde National Park, the San Juan Skyway, Public Lands, and Durango are close by, making this state park a great excursion for all interests.

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