State Parks

The Trails and Open Space Coalition

Colorado State Parks remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak, as park rangers and community members adapt to social distancing practices.

Jason Hagan, the senior ranger at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, said he's seen an  increase in weekday visitors in the past few weeks. While he said he doesn't have specific numbers, more guests visited the park than is normal for March.

Courtesy: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

3/21/20 UPDATE from CPW: Effective March 20, 2020, Colorado State Parks remain open, but all Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers, service centers and offices will restrict access to the public. Restrictions and closures are subject to change. 
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A new white paper from the non-profit Headwaters Economics says transferring public lands from the federal government to Western states would generate more revenue, but also comes with high economic costs.

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Driving south on Interstate 25 toward the Colorado-New Mexico border, right around mile marker 40, a flat-topped peak in the distance begins rising above everything else.

That's Fisher's Peak, and it marks a new named state park announced in mid-September. It's just a few miles south of Trinidad, a city built by coal mining and farming. In the past decades, the town of about 9000 has been struggling to find a foothold in a new economic reality.

The question is, can a 5 million year old peak help to level out the economic peaks and valleys?

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Federal and state agencies are struggling to pay for much needed maintenance and conservation on public lands so they’re turning to things like park fees and hunting permits to raise the cash.

Courtesy: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The state parks program that puts backpacks with parks passes, binoculars, and guides into public libraries is in its second year.  "Check Out State Parks" officially launched last year in more than 280 libraries statewide.  This year, it's expanded to include many publicly funded college and university libraries. 

Bente Birkeland / Capitol Coverage

With summer here, people are flocking to the outdoors, including the trails, campsites and reservoirs of the Colorado State Parks system. Last year, the parks hit a record number of visitors – 13.5 million.  But Colorado is struggling to keep up with the demand.

Increased Traffic Puts a Strain on State Parks

Nov 22, 2016
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Colorado parks have seen an increase in traffic in recent years as the state population grows, and has scheduled several meetings to discuss the fiscal challenges that presents.

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Starting today, June 20th, almost 300 libraries across the state will offer backpacks for checkout through a new program called "Check Out State Parks."

Library Program Pilots Parks Passes, Backpacks

Oct 22, 2015
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Eight libraries across the state are piloting the 'Check-Out Colorado State Park' program. It makes passes to state parks available for check out, along with backpacks stocked with information and activities.

The program is part of the Governor’s initiative to motivate Coloradans to take advantage of the outdoors.