A look at St. Vrain State Park near Longmont.
Description: Longs Peak and Mount Meeker loom to the west of this park, used widely as an escape for urbanites in Denver just down the interstate. A series of ponds span across 790 acres, with most limited to non-gas-powered boats; low-speed motors are permitted on Blue Heron Reservoir. Anglers delight in a variety of fish, and a similar variety of birds await wildlife lovers.
Activities: Boating, fishing, camping, birding, hiking and biking on short, simple trails.
Wildlife: Mule and white-tailed deer, coyotes and red foxes are common among larger mammals, with rare sighting of moose; eagles, white pelicans, herons, egrets are among the birds; largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, rainbow trout and saugeye are among the fish.
Fun fact: In the 1960s, gravel pits surrounded the park as the state used it to mine aggregate for Interstate 25 construction.
Address: 3525 Colorado 119, Firestone, 80504
Contact: 303-678-9402, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Day use 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Directions: Drive north on Interstate 25 through Denver and then take Colorado 119 heading west toward Longmont. Park is 7 miles east of town.
SETH BOSTER, THE GAZETTE