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Boyd Lake State Park, CO

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 12:30pm by Herb
242 miles and 5 hours from our last stop - 1 night stay


Boyd Lake campingBoyd Lake campingBoyd Lake was a park that Lolo selected that would put me close to Boulder for the next day’s car transfer with Tommy, and the subsequent pickup of Lorry and Andrew from the Denver airport. This was my last night as a solo traveler! The 1,900 miles that I had come made it seem like a lot more than 4 nights from NJ, and I was looking forward to a complete reunion with my family.

The park was somewhat crowded, and lake access was limited, but for one night I could tough it out. I downloaded the coordinates of the nearest geocaches into the Droid and took off on the mountain bike to get a sense of the park.

The park has miles of nice paved and unpaved biking/jogging paths. Using the bike gave me the ability to easily cover lots of ground, and also find a few geocaches on route.

The next morning, in anticipation of additional family members, I cleaned up the RV, topped off the water tanks, dumped the holding tanks, and plotted a course to the Broomfield Walmart, where I would meet Tommy for the first time in 7 weeks (our longest separation ever). Using his Subaru, I would then pick up Lolo and Andrew from Denver International Airport.


Boyd Lake State Park, located just one mile east of downtown Loveland in northern Colorado, is home to one of the largest lakes in the northern Front Range. It lies at the western-most edge of the plains at the foot of the snow-capped Rockies.

The 1,700 acre (at full capacity) lake is popular for boating, water skiing, fishing, windsurfing, swimming hiking, and biking. Facilities include a sandy beach and pavilion for swimming, a 148-site campground with paved pull-through sites, a marina with boat ramps, and a paved walking/biking trail that connects to Loveland’s path system.

Boyd Lake State Park location map in "high definition"

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