Winter Closure Alert

Big Thompson Parks are closed to public access for the winter season effective October 15, 2021.  The seasonal closure includes Forks Park and Sleepy Hollow Park.  City of Loveland’s closure of Vienstenz-Smith Mountain Park, located at 1211 W. Hwy. 34, is planned for October 31. Glade Park and Narrows Park remain open to anglers year-round. Weather permitting, Forks, Sleepy Hollow, and V-Smith Mountain Park will re-open to public access April 1, 2022.

Glade, Narrows, Forks and Sleepy Hollow

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 shrub lands, 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 sunrise to sunset, and are located along Highway 34 west of Loveland, Colorado.



Picnic Area



The Big Thompson Parks are located from east to west at:

Glade Park:
1809 Glade Rd
Loveland, CO 80538

Narrows Park:
1027 West Highway 34
Loveland, CO 80537

Forks Park:
1608 West Highway 34
Estes Park, CO 80515

Sleepy Hollow Park:
2131 West Highway 34
Estes Park, CO 80515

Directions from Loveland:

  • Drive west on Highway 34. Mile markers (mm) are as follows:
    Glade Park: mm 87.0
    Narrows Park: mm 81.1
    Forks Park: mm 76.0
    Sleepy Hollow: mm 70.6

Directions from Estes Park:

  • Drive east on Highway 34. Reference mile markers from above.