Highline Lake State Park will host two outdoor recreation events over the next two weekends.
On Saturday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the park will host the first adventure race for kids.
The following Friday and Saturday, the national park will host triathlon races. Participants will register on Friday and the races will take place on Saturday June 12. There will be closures and impacts on park operations on both days.
The Kids Adventure Race is open to children aged 6-14 and 15-17. This is a first for the park. The event includes a variety of races and activities. The races will have different obstacles and lengths. The teams include boys, girls and students. The races will be done in waves at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon.
There will be no camping available for the general public on Saturday since all the campsites have been reserved for the race.
The east side of Highline Lake will also be closed to the public and park visitors will not be able to access the swimming beach or picnic areas on the east side on Saturday. The closure is aimed at ensuring the safety of children running around, a press release from CPW said.
The east side of the park will reopen Sunday to all activities.
The triathlon races on June 11 and 12 will have three race lengths: sprint (750 meters swim, 12.4 miles of bike and 3.1 miles of run), Olympic (1,500 meters of swim, 24.8 miles of cycling and 6.2 miles of running) and a half (1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of cycling and 13.1 miles of running).
The swimming portion will take place at Highline Lake and the cycling and running portions will take place around the park and on county roads near the park.
“It’s a great place to host a triathlon,” said Highline Lake State Park Director Alan Martinez. “Participants will have a nice backdrop for their running and cycling and the lake provides a great place for the swimming part. The event will introduce visitors from all over the United States to the extraordinary hospitality and exceptional assets of the park and the neighboring communities of Loma, Fruita and Grand Junction.
On June 11, the west launching ramp will be closed to all boaters while the event coordinators set up the start / finish transition area. All boaters must launch on the east ramp.
On June 12, the west entrance will be closed to all public access due to the number of runners on the road. All nautical access will be from the east launching ramp. In addition, the lake will be closed until approximately 11 a.m. or until all swimmers are out of the water.
Park staff anticipate congestion and a possible closure on the east side once the park has reached parking capacity. The park will reopen to all normal activities on Sunday June 13.
This is the first triathlon at Highline Lake State Park since 2018.