As the state of Colorado takes measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will close all playgrounds, campgrounds, camping and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areas effective Thursday until further notice.
This action has been taken based on the stay-at-home order from Gov. Jared Polis and the advice of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CPW will notify all campers currently on-site to vacate immediately and staff will be contacting reservation holders and provide the process for either refunds or changes for those affected campers.
Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails, boat ramps, marinas and shorelines remain open. However, CPW managers may close areas that do not allow for social distancing. This could include picnic areas, fishing piers and other more concentrated recreation areas and will be determined by location. CPW encourages people to take local and state stay-at-home orders seriously, and limit travel time wherever possible, even for approved recreation.
Park visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and maintain at least 6 feet between other visitors. Anyone demonstrating signs of illness, such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath should stay home. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.
Most importantly, CPW recommends everyone follow precautionary guidance issued by the CDC, CDPHE, public local health agencies and the Governor’s Office when recreating in the outdoors.
In addition, all Forest Service campgrounds, restrooms, trailheads, cabins and fire lookout rentals, picnic sites and trash facilities are closed to the public. Check with local National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office for specific closures and allowed recreation activities.