Did you know that Colorado has more to offer than just the Rocky Mountains? That's right, there are other fascinating ecosystems to explore in this state -- including the wide, open plains of Colorado's prairie land. North Sterling State Park sits right in the midst of this grassland and boasts impressive views of the surrounding bluffs along with a 3,000-foot reservoir!
You'll find 140 campsites at this state park, split up into three different loops (Elks, Inlet Grove, and Chimney View). The Elks loop is the only one of the three that stays open all year, though the flush toilets and showers do not operate during winter months. Prices for all sections of the state park start at $18 for a basic site and jump up to $24 for lots with hookups. Many of the lots here do offer electric hookups and all are pet-friendly. There are also two covered pavilions that are available for rent at $60 per day of use. All vehicles that enter the park must pay a daily permit fee of $7 unless they hold an annual pass.
Activities here are abundant, and many of them involve the large reservoir. During the summer months, all types of boating are permitted on the water, but in the winter, the boat ramp is closed. Multiple trails run through the park, and many visitors get the privilege of seeing prairie dogs during their treks. In the winter, ice fishing is a big draw here, along with stargazing the night sky.
North Sterling State Park welcomes pooches to their facility as long as they stay on-leash during their visit. Doggos are allowed on all trails but are not permitted in buildings or in the designated swimming area. Be aware of rattlesnakes during your adventures, as they do live on these plains. Please remember to clean up after your pupper at all times during your trip.
If you'd like to experience one of Colorado's newest state parks and take in a different side of the state, North Sterling is where you want to be!