10/4/2013: US Highway 34 is inaccessible due to flood damage. Glade Park was destroyed and at this time there is no plan for reconstruction. Narrows Park and Forks Park have unknown status at this time. Sleepy Hollow Park appears to be restorable but remains inaccessible at this time.
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.