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Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites public to nominate properties, share ideas for future state parks

Rebecca Ferrell
Public Information and Website Manager
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites public to nominate properties, share ideas for future state parks

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is a linear recreation area that follows the Arkansas River for 152 miles from the high mountains near Leadville, Colorado, to Lake Pueblo. There are a number of highways and roads entering the valley, providing access to Gold Medal waters, world-class rafting, camping, picnicking, wildlife watching and more.
DENVER - As Colorado Parks and Wildlife opens Fishers Peak State Park for a limited “sneak peek” recreation opportunity, the agency continues to look ahead for future state park opportunities.  Demand for accessible outdoor spaces remains high in the state, and CPW invites Coloradans to share their ideas for properties or partnerships that may become the next Colorado state park. 

“Our state parks, along with other public lands in Colorado, continue to see record visitation,” said Dan Prenzlow, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “This year during the pandemic, we’ve seen even more explosive growth in park attendance, which proves the importance of providing these outdoor spaces to Coloradans and our visitors.”

State parks offer important places for outdoor recreation while benefiting local economies, public health, and quality of life. CPW is committed to providing a quality state parks system, which includes the opportunity to grow the system and provide additional access opportunities for our residents and visitors.

“Knowing how important these spaces are to Colorado residents, we invite them to share with us the lands and outdoor spaces they would like to see be a part of the state park system,” said Prenzlow. “We’re opening up the opportunity to lend your voice in finding unique places that just may become one of our next state parks.”

When sharing ideal properties and the needs for our future parks, we ask that nominations submitted include opportunities that:

•   Provide outstanding nature-based recreation
•   Conserve natural resources 
•   Meet Colorado’s needs
•   Provide community value
•   Support a financially sustainable system

Additional details on these five key criteria can be found on the CPW’s Future State Parks webpage.  Nomination instructions as well as the Nomination form can also be found on the page. A story map to help visualize opportunities across the state is also available to inform nominations for Colorado’s future state parks. 

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