Big Thompson Parks Update

10/1/2018: Permanent repairs are underway on U.S. 34 and planning for the restoration and future recreational uses within the Big Thompson Canyon will continue. Glade Park was destroyed in the flood, but is open to walk-in fishing access only. Narrows and Forks parks remain closed, with plans to restore and reopen these parks in early 2019. Sleepy Hollow Park has been restored but is currently closed for the season. It will reopen April 1, 2019.

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 dawn to dusk, and are located along Highway 34 west of Loveland, Colorado.

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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.