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!
Check out the list below to find a Colorado Parks and Wildlife event near you!
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.
Roxborough State Park - Sunrise Park OpeningSaturday, May 20
Enjoy early opens to get in a refreshing hike or take some early morning photos.
Eleven Mile State Park - 33rd Annual No Name Fishing TournamentSaturday, May 20
Three species of fish will qualify for this tournament. They are trout (any sub-species), Northern Pike and Salmon. First place will be for the largest trout (lbs), 2nd place for the largest pike (lbs.), and 3rd place for the largest salmon (lbs.). Fourth place on down to 17th place will be for the next largest fish of any of the three species (lbs.).
Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup and Colorado Public Lands DaySaturday, May 20
Warmer weather is around the corner and it’s time once again to think about “spring cleaning”. Calendars fill up quickly this time of year, so mark yours for the 26th Annual Arkansas River Cleanup/Greenup (CUGU) and Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 20th.
AHRA will be seeking the help of volunteers of all ages, both individuals and groups to participate. Volunteers can register on Cleanup day between 8:30-9:30 am in either Buena Vista or Salida. Volunteers will receive official clean-up trash bags and a 2017 CUGU button, which is the ticket to our volunteer picnic at Riverside Park in Salida from noon-2:30 pm.
St Vrain State Park - Introduction to ArcherySaturday, May 20
Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow but just didn't know how to get started? Come join us at St Vrain State Park and learn the basics of archery!
Mueller State Park - Outdoor Skills DaySaturday, May 20
Full day of family fun! Fishing, archery, target shooting, caving, and much more!
Roxborough State Park - Homestead Hike of the South TrailsSaturday, May 20
In celebration of National History and Archaeology Month, join Naturalist Betsy Healey, Kevin Schaal, and Mike Thomas for a short presentation on the events that led to homesteading in the Roxborough area and a fabulous hike to see 6 homesteads and learn of the life and times of the people who lived in them. The full hike is 7 miles but for those who want an abbreviated version, we will have turn around points to make a shorter roundtrip hike of 1.5 miles, 2.5 miles, or 4 miles. Bring water, lunch, and appropriate gear for weather. Reservation cut-off is May 13. Reservations are required. Meet at the visitor center. Call (303) 973-3959
State Forest State Park - Colorado Lands DaySaturday, May 20
Celebrate public lands throughout the state at State Forest State Park for Colorado Lands Day!
-Fishing with a Ranger
-Getting your hands dirty with trail maintenance
- Nature and Wildlife Talk
Cherry Creek State Park - Colorado Public Lands DaySaturday, May 20
Join us in celebrating Colorado's public lands!
Barr Lake State Park - Saturday Guided Bird WalkSaturday, May 20
Grab your binoculars and field guide, or check out a loaner set of ours, and enjoy an exciting morning of birding at Barr Lake.
Barr Lake State Park - Conservation on the CreekSaturday, May 20
Join Colorado Healthy Landscapes and the Adams County Parks & Open Space Department for Conservation on Creek.
Bring your family, friends, and coworkers for a day of outdoor fun, stewardship, and community on the Clear Creek Trail!
Code Breakers HIke Saturday, May 20
Hike along the Hogback Trail at Lathrop State Park with the help of the park naturalist to find clues that help decipher a coded message!
Cheyenne Mountain State Park - National Kids to Parks DaySaturday, May 20
Join us at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs, CO Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. as we celebrate Kids to Parks Day sponsored by the National Park Trust.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park - Colorado Public Lands Day Hike/ Clean UpSaturday, May 20
This year marks the first annual Colorado Public Lands Day! A day to celebrate public lands that define our heritage, identity, and way of life in Colorado. Join Park Naturalist Pam on this family friendly guided hike of Horseshoe Trail. Watch for signs of spring in blooming trees, wildflowers and singing birds! We will also do some trail clean up to continue to keep the park beautiful.
Roxborough State Park - Rox Revealed - Trees of RoxboroughSaturday, May 20
Naturalist Doris Cruze will guide this hike. Come learn about the different trees that can be found in Roxborough and why they are such important foundations for the variety of ecosystems that can be found here. Mark your calendar for this event—no reservations needed.
Roxborough State Park - Rox RideSaturday, May 20
Take a naturalist guided tour in a five-passenger golf cart around the Fountain Valley trail. Reservations are required, donations are requested. Meet at the visitor center. Call (303) 973-3959 to register.
Eleven Mile State Park - Colorado Public Lands Day HikeSaturday, May 20
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. 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. Join park naturalist Charlene Barnes for a pleasant spring hike along the park’s interpretive trail. She will talk about some of the trails points of interest that will be passed along the way. Weather conditions permitting, the hike will be about a mile and a quarter in length. Dress appropriately for conditions and bring something to drink. The hike will probably be an hour to an hour and a half in length. Registration requested, but not required.
This year marks the first annual Colorado Public Lands Day! A day to celebrate public lands that define our heritage, identity, and way of life in Colorado. Join Park Naturalist Pam on this family friendly guided hike on Mountain Lion Trail. Watch for signs of spring in blooming trees, wildflowers and singing birds! We will also do some trail clean up to continue to keep the park beautiful.
Vega State Park - Archery ClinicSaturday, May 20
Join Vega Rangers and Volunteers in celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day by learning about archery! The range will be set up at the Meadows Group Picnic Area near Aspen Grove Campground. We will provide all equipment needed and a short safety briefing will begin at 2:00 PM. We welcome all ages but children under 13 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A daily or annual pass is required to enter the park and they can be purchased at the Entrance Station or Visitor Center prior to the clinic.
Come on out and "take your best shot!"