Gold Standard Site

Highline Lake State Park

Grand Junction, CO

Highline Lake State Park in Colorado received Gold Standard Site designation in December 2023.

“We are extremely proud to receive the Leave No Trace Gold Standard Designation,” said Howard Asal, Highline Lake State Park Park Ranger. “We owe our success to the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly alongside us, including the Friends of Highline Lake, Pomona Elementary, and Orchard Avenue Elementary. As we face the challenges of managing increased visitation and its impact on our natural resources, we rely on the Leave No Trace Principles to guide our programs and management decisions.”

Highline Lake State Park is the recreation epicenter of the Grand Valley in Western Colorado. The park serves nearly 150,000 visitors annually and provides excellent camping, fishing, hiking, and boating opportunities, among many others. Due to the park’s low elevation, Highline Lake is a great base camp for hikers, bikers, and wildlife watchers year-round. Education and interpretation of Colorado’s natural resources is priority to the park and is very popular with field trips in the spring, summer, and fall. With an activity for every visitor, Highline Lake State Park is the gem of Mesa County. 

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