Among aspen glades and high-mountain timber, Sylvan Lake provides serenity in an alpine park perfect for daydreaming. Non-motorized boating and non-electrical camping offer the opportunity for quiet recreation at this gateway to the White River National Forest and the Holy Cross Wilderness. The lush vegetation in the aspen forest provides habitat for a variety of mammals, including marmots, black bear, pine marten, coyote, and porcupine. The majority of bird species are those common to montane riparian shrublands and thick conifer/aspen forests, such as broad-tailed hummingbirds and mountain bluebirds. Bald eagles are frequent winter residents to the park.
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