Colorado State Parks: Cherry Creek

A variety of outdoor recreational activities are available right in the heart of the Denver metro area, at Cherry Creek State Park. This 4,200-acre park includes Cherry Creek Reservoir, a great place for boating, jet skiing, swimming, and fishing. The park also offers camping, biking, horseback riding, nature trails, an off-leash dog area, and even […]

Colorado State Parks: Chatfield

If you’re looking for a getaway that is conveniently located in metro Denver, check out Chatfield State Park. Here you can find a variety of activities for every age and interest. Things to do include boating, birding, hiking and biking, camping, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding. There’s a field where your model airplane can take […]

Colorado State Parks: Castlewood Canyon

Located near Franktown, Colorado, Castlewood Canyon State Park is a great getaway just a short drive from the Denver metro area. Hiking, picnicking, rock climbing, birding, and horseback riding are some of the popular activities in the park. Dogs are allowed on most of the trails, except for the East Canyon Preservation Trail which is […]

Enjoy the Outdoors with Your Dog

Experiencing Colorado’s great outdoors is even more fun when you bring your dog! Dogs are allowed in most Colorado State Parks, where they can enjoy camping, hiking, hunting, boating, and swimming with you. As you plan your spring and summer recreation, be sure to check Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Bring the Dog Along! webpage. Here […]

Colorado State Parks: Boyd Lake

Boyd Lake State Park is located near Loveland, Colorado, close to Longs Peak. Since the lake is the park’s main feature, most of the park’s activities revolve around water sports; however the park also offers hiking and biking trails, hunting, and camping. The area that became Boyd Lake State Park had originally belonged to the […]

Colorado State Parks: Barr Lake

  If you’re looking for a quick getaway near the Denver metro area, check out Barr Lake State Park, located near Brighton. The park includes boating, fishing, a nature trail and Nature Center, and wildlife viewing stations. And while boating and fishing aren’t in season right now, there are lots of other things to do […]

Colorado State Parks: Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), located just outside of Salida, is a popular spot for kayaking and whitewater rafting. In fact, according to Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the Arkansas River is the “most commercially rafted river in the United States.” The park also offers camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and wildlife watching and features event […]

Where to Go to See Fall Colors

“Leaf peeping season” has arrived. Where are the best places to go to view Colorado’s colorful aspens? For suggestions on Colorado’s most colorful state parks, visit Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Fall Colors page. Here you can find suggestions not only for where to go, but how – whether you prefer a car trip, camping, hiking, […]

Summer Wildlife Viewing

Check out Marmot Fest at Staunton State Park this weekend, June 23-24, 2018 and maybe you’ll spot a yellow-bellied marmot! Summer is officially here, and with it comes great opportunities for viewing wildlife in all parts of the state. Some species, like hummingbirds, are only here in the summer. Others, like mountain goats, live in […]

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife issues a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years.  The current plan, issued in 2014, covers Colorado recreation planning, funding, and grants for 2014-2018.  According to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website, Every five years, each state updates their SCORP plan to remain eligible for stateside LWCF dollars, which […]

Check Out Colorado State Parks

This summer the Colorado State Library and Colorado Parks & Wildlife have teamed up to offer Check Out Colorado State Parks.  Under this program, Colorado libraries offer — for checkout just like a book — backpacks containing a parks pass vehicle hangtag, a set of binoculars, various guidebooks, and other cool stuff.  It’s a great […]

Colorado Has a New State Park!

Colorado’s newest State Park opened to the public on May 21.  Staunton State Park in Jefferson County offers hiking trails, terrific scenery, and a waterfall.  Frances Hornbook Staunton donated 1,720 acres of her land to Colorado State Parks in 1986.  Over the years, parcels were added to make up the current 3,828-acre Staunton State Park, […]

Everyone's Nature

Colorado is a state known for its outdoor activities.  But what about those who have disabilities or mobility impairments?  The Colorado Department of Natural Resources believes everyone should be able to enjoy the outdoors.  So, they have helped produce a book entitled Everyone’s Nature, available from our library, which describes a process called “universal design” that can […]

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

This weekend I went snowshoeing in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and really enjoyed it. Golden Gate is located conveniently close to Denver, yet has the feel of being far away up in the mountains. No highway noise, beautiful scenery…a great place to go. For information on Golden Gate Canyon State Park, visit their website, […]

Possible Merger of State Agencies

Governor Hickenlooper’s office announced on Tuesday a plan to combine the state’s Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation as a cost-saving measure. CDOW currently receives its funding from hunting and fishing licenses while Parks uses state funds, so in the event of a merger the financing structure for the two […]

Enjoy the outdoors at Colorado State Parks

Although summer is drawing near it’s end, there is still time to enjoy nature at one of Colorado’s State Parks. Fishing, camping, boating, hiking, and biking are just a few of your options for outdoor activities. The Colorado State Parks website, www.parks.state.co.us offers additional information on activities and recreation opportunities at each park. Twenty-four Colorado […]

Update on State Parks Passes

Last week I described some of Colorado’s summer recreation opportunities, including Colorado State Parks. Well, yesterday, May 19, the Governor signed into law a new kind of Parks Pass – an “Aspen Leaf” lifetime pass for seniors. Giving seniors a lifetime pass, according to the bill sponsors, will allow senior citizens to keep active without […]