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Big Thompson Parks - Glade, Narrows, Forks, & Sleepy Hollow

1/27/2015: Permanent repairs are underway on US Highway 34 and planning for the restoration and future recreational uses within the Big Thompson Canyon will continue. Glade Park was destroyed in the flood, but is open to walk-in fishing access only. Narrows and Forks Park will remain closed indefinitely. Sleepy Hollow Park has been restored and will reopen to the public April 1.

Family picnic [Photo by Reggie Thurn] An afternoon of fly fishing [Photo by Reggie Thurn] Good place to learn to fish [Photo by Reggie Thurn] Fishing along the river [Photo by Reggie Thurn] Time for lunch [Photo by Reggie Thurn]

After the devastating flood of 1976, Larimer County acquired several parcels in the Big Thompson canyon. Four of those parcels became County Parks and include public river access for fishing, picnicking, and general outdoor enjoyment of such a stunning canyon. The Big Thompson Canyon is home to a wide array of flora and fauna including native trout, healthy Ponderosa Pine forests, pristine sage shrublands, and spectacular wildlife. Bring the family, a fishing rod, and a picnic lunch and enjoy everything these parks have to offer.

The Big Thompson Parks have no entrance fee, are open April through October from dawn to dusk, and are located along Highway 34 west of Loveland, Colorado.

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.
  • Day use only (Glade has automatic gate closed from sunset to sunrise).
  • Pets must be leashed and under physical control at all times.
  • Stay on established trail to protect natural resources and wildlife.
  • Firearms, fires, fireworks, hunting and trapping are strictly prohibited.
  • Glass containers are prohibited.
  • Alcohol over 3.2% is prohibited.

Directions and Parking

Trails

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