EVENT SUMMARY: There were 131 events across the state with approximately 2,000 participants. This included 10 breweries who participated by brewing limited release Colorado Public Lands Day (CoPLD) beers, dozens of state parks hosted events, the Governor spoke at the Epic Rides festival in Grand Junction, and the Colorado-based band Elephant Revival hosted numerous celebrations including a trail project, special set just for CoPLD participants, and provided Senator Bennett, and non-profit organizations the opportunity to speak at their sold out Red Rocks concert. CPW scheduled multiple events at state parks and wildlife areas attracting nearly 1,000 participants despite challenging weather conditions necessitating the cancelling of some of the events.
In May 2016, the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill establishing the third Saturday in May as "Colorado Public Lands Day". The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. The purpose of this new holiday is to celebrate the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.
Colorado is the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day with the inaugural event being celebrated on May 20, 2017. This new state holiday is intended to encourage all Coloradans to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled public lands. Our public lands lands are vital resources providing clean water, protection of wildlife habitat, and offer vast recreation opportunities. Colorado Parks & Wildlife is proud to be to be an active participant in this event and has planned a variety of programs and special events at many of our state parks. Please plan to join us for one of these scheduled activities or simply visit one of our
41 state parks and get outside on this special day!
A list of Colorado Parks and Wildlife events had appeared below, but events have now past. Please check back next year!
For additional partner events and an invitational video by Senator Kerry Donovan, see http://copubliclandsday.com/.
signing the proclamation making Colorado Public Lands day official.