Cool off this summer at Vega Lake and ride right from Vega Lodge or the State campground. Vega Lake State Park is operated by the State of Colorado and is located on the Eastern side of the Grand Mesa National Forest. A 30 minute drive from Interstate I-70 Exit 49 take Hwy 65 to 330 and you will drive through Collbran then onto Vega State Park a few miles down the road. Camping is by fee and reservations are recommended during the summer months as Vega Lake offers locals a cool spot to beat the heat of the Grand Valley. There are over 109 camp sites and even cabins to rent. Collbran is the closest small town with services, but there is also the Vega Lodge for food and snacks right at the lake.
Don't look for a ton of single track as most trails are atv rated but all offer the shade of pines and aspens when the temps are hot and for those looking to put some miles on, there isn't many other areas in Western Colorado to beat the heat and get in a full day of riding. The Grand Mesa is a must ride destination for families and those looking more of an adventure ride.
Trails range from atv compacted dirt to rocky, muddy and wet single track through the meadows and forest. If you leave Vega State park at 8000ft elevation and go all the way to the top of the Grand Mesa, you will end up right around 10,000ft elevation where temps can be up to 25 degrees cooler than in Grand Junction and weather can change any minute. Pack a windbreaker and an extra set of gloves in case it gets chilly.
Once you have spent the entire day exploring the trails on the Grand Mesa, return to your camp for some fresh caught fish right out of Vega Lake or drop into the Vega Lodge for a delicious meal hot off the grill. Temps in the summer will range from 50F at night to the high 80's during the day with the possibility of a shower sneaking in for a few minutes to cool things down.
If you're not camping, You can park at Park Creek Road (Forest Rd 262) and unload from there. USF Spark Arrestors and resident or non-resident Colorado OHV stickers are required and are available at the State Park visitor center or any local Grand Junction Powersports dealer. Park fees may be required depending on your lodging plans.