By Lisa Young
If you are looking for a quick get away for a few hours or a few days, look no further than at Crawford State Park. Less than an hour from Delta the reservoir offers a water variety of activities.
With roughly 406 surface acres visitors can enjoy jet skiing, motor boating, water skiing and paddle boarding as well as a swim area on the reservoir. Anglers can fish for perch, crappie, catfish, largemouth bass and northern pike.
Due to the low water volume, the reservoir is currently about 24 feet below full; the swim area was closed on July 27.
Besides the water activities, camping is available by making a reservation at cpwshop.com or by phone at 1-800-244-5613. Day trips require a pass at the main office or the park’s self-service stations. Vehicle day passes are $9 and individual passes are $4.
Iron Creek Campground electric hook-up campsites are $32. The campground is dog friendly; however, they are not allowed at the swim beach. Boosted cell phone service, but no wi-fi is available but can be found at the local library. There are two restrooms at Iron Creek with one facility with showers. An RV dump station is available to campers at no extra charge, and it is located at the Iron Creek campground.
There are a couple of closures at the park including the boat ramp at Iron Creek and main playground near the Visitor Center. Clear Fork Campground remains closed waiting for construction. Once completed the area will have five tent sites the remaining sites dedicated to full service spaces.
Activities at the park include 1.3 miles of disconnected biking trails along Highway 92 from the swim beach south to Iron Creek campground. There is also a new .3 mile biking trail in the Iron Creek interior to Clear Fork Campground. This new trail system allows visitors to walk from the Iron Creek Campground through the Clear Fork Campground to the Peninsula day-use area, without accessing the state highway. The trail provides a family-friendly story walk that starts at the Peninsula.
Local attractions include Needle Rock Natural Area northeast of the park and Black Canyon’s scenic north rim drive with the access road 2 miles south.
COVID-19 restrictions do apply at the state park. Wearing masks in the public common areas ie. restrooms is required. The latest information on pandemic can be found at CPW’s COVID-19 response page.
To get to Crawford State Park from Delta, take Colorado Highway 92 east to Hotchkiss. Stay right on 92 where it intersects Colorado Highway 133 and head 10 miles to Crawford. The park is one mile south of town.