Get out and celebrate Colorado! Colorado Parks and Wildlife and its partners are celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The purpose of this holiday is to honor the significant contributions that national, state and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy and to Coloradans' way of life. Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands.
Colorado was the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day. 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 inaugural event was celebrated on May 20, 2017.
CPW encourages all Coloradans to use this day 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. CPW 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!
For additional partner events and an invitational video by Senator Kerry Donovan, see http://copubliclandsday.com/.
Governor Hickenlooper signing the proclamation making Colorado Public Lands day official.
2017 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 nonprofit 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 canceling of some of the events.