Outdoor Recreation

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Fun on the water in Logan County!

Sterling is the gateway to North Sterling State Park, a boater’s paradise  featuring a 3,000-acre lake and 1,500 acres of land supporting a variety of  recreational activities. Clean, modern facilities offer camping (141 sites),  picnicking, swimming, hiking and great fishing.

A True Natural

Get off the beaten path and get on the nature trail! Enjoy a .6 mile trail in Sterling’s Pioneer Park (17615 Highway 14) that traverses through trees and brush and over hill and dale. Grab your camera and take a quiet hike. Listen to the many birds and keep an eye out for some of the wildlife residing there. You just might see woodpeckers, falcons, finches, geese, jack rabbits, squirrels and maybe even a deer or two. While you’re there, continue your jaunt around the .75 mile concrete path that weaves through the park. Then, enjoy “peace, love and disc golf,” also in Pioneer Park.

 More great places to walk and relax in Sterling include Columbine Park Trail (.69 mile), Wisdom Park  Trail (.29 mile) and the Overland Trail Recreation Area (.6 mile). The multi-use trails are open to walkers,  joggers, skaters and bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Dogs are welcome too; they must be on a leash at all  times in all parks except at the Overland Trail Recreation Area. Dogs are also allowed to go swimming in the  pond there, but humans must remain on the shoreline. FishermanFishing is optional!

(Kids fishing poles are available for loan at the Tourist Information Center across the street.)

There are two beautiful 18-hole golf courses on which to spend the  afternoon: Riverview Golf Course (13064 County Road 370) and  Northeastern 18 (at Northeastern Junior College.)

Sterling is also hunting headquarters for northeast Colorado and was named one of the top 25 best pheasant hunting towns in America by Pheasants Forever!

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Meander west of Sterling and drive the Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic & Historic Byway to discover uninterrupted vistas and heritage of northeastern Colorado. The Byway offers historic attractions and recreation areas along the roadways. Visitors can experience solitude and explore nature through bird watching, wildlife study, photography, and hiking. By simply driving along the Byway, visitors encounter pleasant agricultural communities while traveling through 100 million years of geologic deposition artfully exposed and rearranged by wind and water.

Get out in nature and watch some wildlife in the Pawnee National Grasslands, an internationally known birding area with a 1.5 mile hiking area at Pawnee Buttes.

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Contact us at 970-522-8962 or info@exploresterling.com

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2 thoughts on “Outdoor Recreation

    • We do have one small mention in the first paragraph on our page for “Outdoor Recreation” but, you’re right, it is amazing! And we need to add more information. I will work on finding some more details to add to our page. Thank you for your input!
      Marilee

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