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Colorado Public Lands Day
Colorado Public Lands Day

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Celebrate Colorado ​Public Lands Day

Held on the third Saturday in May, Colorado Public Lands Day is a day to celebrate our public lands as vital resources providing clean water, protecting wildlife habitat, and offering​ many recreation opportunities.

  • Free events, stewardship​ projects and outdoor adventures at our state parks (see below) and at other locations are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands. 

  • You can also plan a ​visit to one of our 41 state parks​ and get outside on this special day!​

​​​For additional partner events and holiday information, ​visit the main Colorado Public Lands Day website.

​CPW Colorado Public Lands Day Events


AHRA Clean Up Green Up
Saturday, May 16

Join us as we work along the banks of the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City and below to clean up trash and debris from our river corridor in preparation for run-off.


The History of Colorado Public Lands Day

In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a state holiday for our public lands when 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.