10/5/2016: 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. Sleepy Hollow Park has been restored and has reopened to the public. Note: A full closure of U.S. 34 between mile points 77 and 80 will begin Monday, Oct. 17, and be in place until the start of the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. Get more info on the closure.
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.