Highline State Park RV & Campground Guide


The Audubon Society has named Highline Lake State Park an important area for birds because of the thousands that migrate through the park every winter. However, this 160-acre reservoir attracts more than just bird watchers. People from throughout the Grand Valley come here to fish, paddleboard, canoe, kayak, sail, and water ski. Mountain bike enthusiasts also frequent the area for its great trails and natural terrain. Highline Lake State Park is very near Interstate 70 and is easy to reach from nearby Loma and Grand Junction, Colorado. 

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Spring 34-67 F
Summer 55-90 F
Fall 40-73 F
Winter 16-42 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Highline State Park

With so many fun recreational opportunities at Highline Lake, you will want to spend every minute that you can playing and relaxing at this state park. Be sure to bring your RV so you can appreciate nature with the comforts of a hotel on wheels. If you do not have one, then get a rental on RVshare

Highline Lake State Park Campground

You will love the grassy camping spots at this state park. Rates start at $14 in the winter and $28 for the rest of the year. It reaches capacity almost every weekend, so it's a good idea to book early. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Coin-operated showers, picnic tables, grills 

Ruby Horsethief Canyon

Spread across 25 miles in McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area, this campground offers open grounds and scenic views. From April 1 to October 31, you will need a permit to camp, but you do not need one to camp during the rest of the year. 

• Water hookup: No 

• Electrical hookup: No 

• Sewer hookup: No 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Paved roads, nearby rapids, accessible boat launch 

Grand Junction KOA Holiday

There are many fun activities to do at the Grand Junction KOA Holiday. It features a swimming pool, outdoor movie theater, playground, mini-golf course, and a game room. Rates start at about $45 a night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Cable TV, organized activities 

Junction West RV Park

If you have children with you, they will love this campground, which has a splash pad and a playground. Everyone will enjoy visiting the convenience store, playing in the game room, and watching television in the common area. Rates start at about $40 per night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Splash pad, game room, playground 

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What to Do at
Highline State Park

Inside Highline State Park

Regardless of when you decide to visit Highline Lake State Park, you can find many things to do. Watch for bald eagles and golden eagles making their nests overhead in the spring as they are part of the 200 species of birds spotted in the area. Catch rainbow and brown trout in the early spring and catfish and crappie throughout the rest of the year. With water temperatures staying about 80 degrees in the summer, this is a great place to go water skiing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking.

Outside Highline State Park

If you feel the urge to explore beyond the scenic beauty in this state park, there are many things to do nearby. You'll find great restaurants, shops and, attractions within a short drive. Many of the best options are in Fruita.


Hot Tomato Pizzeria

Mountain bikers Jen Zeuner and Anne Kelle moved to this area to train on the nearby mountain-bike trails. The pair started this pizza restaurant that makes dough by hand and offers a wide variety of beers.

Type: Italian

Location: 124 N Mulberry St, Fruita, CO 81521

Camilla's Kaffee

In the morning, this friendly family-owned restaurant offers fresh pastries, egg dishes, and specialty coffees. They serve fresh salads and micro-brew beers at lunchtime.

Type: Diner

Location: 206 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO 81521

Dragon Treasure Chinese Restaurant

Nestle into the booths at Dragon Treasure Chinese Restaurant where you can choose the lunch buffet or order favorites off the menu. All the food is made from scratch using traditional recipes.

Type: Chinese

Location: 576 Kokopelli Dr. Unit A, Fruita, CO 81521

Munchies Pizza and Deli

For over 35 years, kids have enjoyed coming to this restaurant to get a free ice cream cone with their meals. Their parents are not protesting, either, because they can find fresh salads, delicious burgers, and mouth-watering pizza.

Type: American

Location: 550 Kokopelli Blvd, Fruita, CO 81521

Aspen Street Coffee

Start your day here with a sweet blueberry muffin and a hot cup of coffee. Later, you can come in after a bike ride for a savory panini and a fruit-based drink.

Type: Diner

Location: 136 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO 81521

Enstrom Toffee & Confectionary

Find toffee, popcorn, truffles, and gourmet chocolates made by the fourth generation of the family that owns this store. The shop owners started making candy in 1960.

Type: Candy shop

Location: 401 Kokopelli Dr, Fruita, CO 81521


Lithic Bookstore & Gallery

Join literary readings, theater, lectures, workshops, and live music events at this bookstore. In addition to books, you can also find local art and curiosities here.

Location: 138 S Park Square #202, Fruita, CO 81521

The Vintage Common

Get dolled up in clothes from The Vintage Common. Most clothing and fashion accessories here are made from recycled materials. Local artwork is also available.

Location: 116 N Mulberry St, Fruita, CO 81521

The Cowboy Mercantile

Find tooled leather saddles, western memorabilia, and more at The Cowboy Mercantile. The owner, Miss Patty, will help you find just what you need from the wide selection of items that are jammed into this store.

Location: 529 E Grand Ave, Fruita, CO 81521

Raspberry Hill Boutique and DIY Market

Shop the ever-changing supply of clothes, fashion accessories and crafts here. After shopping, you can head to the back of this business to take a craft class.

Location: 211 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO 81521


Dinosaur Journey Museum

Learn more about dinosaurs by viewing fossils, cast skeletons, and robotic reconstructions. The Dinosaur Journey Museum contains more than 15,000 fossils.

Location: 550 Jurassic Court, Fruita, CO 81521

Cross Orchards Historic Site

Explore historic buildings, railroad cars and vintage equipment at this 12-acre site containing three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Children will love a ride on the miniature train.

Location: 3073 F Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81504

Museum of the West

See a stagecoach, a 1928 airplane, and several historic rifles on display here. You can also hear stories of the real West at this downtown museum.

Location: 462 Ute Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area

While this site is known for its mountain biking system and natural rock arches, there are many other things to do here. You can hike or horseback ride to see excavation sites, follow along parts of the Old Spanish Trail, and view pictograph and petroglyph sites near the Colorado River.

Location: Fruita, CO 81521

Colorado National Monument

Take the Rim Rock Drive through this park to see bighorn sheep, eagles, and many other animals. The area also features fantastic rock formations.

Location: 1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521

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How to Get to
Highline State Park

It is easy to get to this park because of its proximity to Interstate 70. Get off I-70 at the Loma exit and turn onto Highway 139 North. Go six miles to Q Road and turn left when you reach 11.8 Road. Turn right and follow the road to the park’s entrance.

Entering Highline State Park

Highline Lake State Park is open year-round. Day-use hours end at 10 p.m.

Highline State Park Per vehicle : $9.0

Highline State Park Per person (entering without a vehicle) : $4.0

Visiting Highline Lake State Park is a marvelous experience. Many people have tales to tell of hiking, mountain bike riding, or boating. If you have a memorable story to tell about time spent in this park, then post about it on your social media page and tag RVshare.com so that we can see what others have to say. If you are not a social media user, then send your photos and memories to [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions About Highline State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Highline State Park?

The winter season is a good time to visit Highline State Park. This is because there aren't as many people, and you can sometimes see quite a bit of snow.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Highline State Park?

While you're camping at Highline State Park, you'll be able to see numerous types of birds including owls, geese, and an eagle or two. Brown bears tend to roam the area as well.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Highline State Park and what is the cost?

Due to the size of the park, it's recommended to reserve your camping spot at Highline State Park. Keep in mind there are cancellation procedures that are followed if you can't complete your trip.

Are pets allowed at Highline State Park?

When you have your dog at the park, you should keep it on a leash that's no longer than six feet. Pets shouldn't be left unattended and should be monitored around others.

Is Highline State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Facilities at the park, including the bathroom, picnic area, and camping building, have rails and other accessible features. A pier is also accessible for guests as well as campsite 25.