There are more than 10,000 state parks across the U.S. Whether you're into hiking, camping, fishing, or just relaxing, there is more than likely a state park not far away. Many provide a wide range of amenities like campsites with water and electricity hookups, hot showers, laundry facilities, lodging, and boat rentals. State parks usually have lower admission fees than national parks, with free or reduced rates for veterans and seniors. Whether travelers are seeking panoramic views or wide open spaces, there's a lot of state parks to explore.


1. Pearl Lake State Park, Colorado

This 167-acre lakeside mountain reservoir is 25 miles from Steamboat Springs. Locals consider the park to be one of the hidden gems of Colorado outdoor experiences. The park offers stunning landscapes for picnickers, hikers, and campers alike. If you're looking to unwind in serene natural surroundings, you'll love what this natural utopia has to explore. The wakeless Pearl Lake offers peaceful sporting experiences such as fly and lure fishing, with ice fishing in the winter months. The park's 38 campsites close to visitors once the snow arrives, but there are two yurts available for rent year round.

The Reflection of Mountain on the Pearl Lake

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