As many of us head outdoors for the weekend, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) want to remind Coloradans to recreate responsibly and stay close to home. DNR and CPW continue to provide resources to point Coloradans towards information on open campgrounds, trails, and best practices for recreating over Memorial Day Weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are something things to think about this weekend:
- Don’t plan for your typical Memorial Day weekend; being in a pandemic means recreating close to home, keeping your group size small, and maintaining social distancing.
- If you do plan to travel use extra caution, minimize interactions and bring everything you need before you go.
- To find out the latest on what’s open or not check out DNR”s one-stop-shop. It has connections to all Federal, Tribal, State and Local resources: Outdoor Recreation Resources | COVID-19
- Planning on going for a hike or nearby mountain bike ride? Check out COTREX, Colorado’s official trails smartphone app and website. It has the latest COVID-19 related closures and can help you find nearby alternatives if your favorite trailhead is busy: trails.colorado.gov
- Scored a campsite at your favorite state park? Check out Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s outdoor etiquette tips before you go.
- Late planner but feel a need to camp under the stars this weekend? Go to https://www.cpwshop.com/ and see what is available.
- See more good outdoor recreation and camping tips here or our Outdoor Recreation FAQ here.
Please note that many Colorado State Parks and National Forest campgrounds have limited facilities, so plan accordingly before you go. In addition, picnic areas, pavilions, playgrounds and designated swim beaches remain closed under the Governor’s Safer- at-Home order. Check out our resources to get the latest updates for an enjoyable holiday weekend. Above all else, be kind to others. Remember, we’re all in this together and we all need a bit of stress relief. Keep your distance, be courteous, and perhaps send a wave to your neighbors when you pass them on the sidewalk or trail. You never know how much they may need it!