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Explore Sylvan Lake State Park

Gypsum, Colorado



1.5 miles

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Added by Amy Kesic

CampingBoating (non-motorized)Off-roadingHiking/XC SkiingIce fishingIce skatingBeautiful lake in a beautiful setting

Set in the heart of the White River National Forest in EagleCounty, Sylvan Lake State Park is a hidden gem worth exploring. Located southof the town of Eagle, the park is reached by an idyllic country road that I wasitching to cycle, if only I had brought my bike with me! The park itselfsurrounds Sylvan Lake, a 41-acre man-made gem that is surrounded by beautifulaspen trees and snow-capped peaks.

While I would not recommend this park for hiking, there is alake loop trail of about 1.5 miles and a trail that follows West Brush Creek.This park is better suited for camping, non-motorized water sports such as fishing,kayaking and canoeing (available for rent), and off-roading. A number of NationalForest roads connect with the park roads, giving access to many miles of dirtroads for 4WD, ATVs and dirt bikes.

What makes this location special, however, is its simplebeauty. The lovely lake is situated among beautiful aspen forests, making it anideal location for fall, with red cliffs and gray peaks visible in the distance.If going for a day trip, be sure to pack a picnic (tables are available) andbug spray. Camping spots must be reserved ahead of time from Memorial Day toLabor Day, as they tend to fill up. Yurts are also available.

Sylvan Lake is about a 1-hour drive from Vail and is open inthe winter for ice fishing, ice skating, and XC skiing. Next time you’re inEagle County, take the road less travelled – you’ll be glad you did.

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