3/3/2017: 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 will remain closed indefinitely. Restoration work will be taking place at Narrows Park through July 2017. Sleepy Hollow Park has been restored and has reopened to the public.
Note: U.S. 34 is open between Loveland and Estes Park. Construction continues in the canyon with intermittent, short-term traffic impacts. Get more info on U.S. 34 construction.
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 shrublands, 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.