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Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day, May 18
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
This land is your land to celebrate - our identity, our heritage, our state! Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with several local, state and federal partner agencies, are inviting you to join us outdoors for Colorado Public Lands Day, Saturday, May 19. The importance of public lands to our state’s economy and way of life will be shared, with an opportunity to join in on stewardship projects, outdoor adventures and free events statewide.

Colorado Public Lands Day is an annual opportunity to give back to our varied public landscapes, celebrate our state’s heritage, recognize our unique and diverse history, and bring people from all Colorado communities together to enjoy our public lands.

“A recent poll from Colorado College shows that over 70% of Coloradans say the ability to enjoy public lands is a significant reason why they live in the West,” said Jennifer Anderson, Education, Partnerships and Volunteer Manager at CPW. “Our public lands give us the opportunity for fishing, camping, hunting, hiking and so much more Colorado Public Lands Day gives all of us a chance to show our support for these places we love.”

Colorado was the first state in the nation to establish its own public lands day in 2016. The holiday is recognized annually on the third Saturday of May, and celebrates the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.

Several state park events are being held for Colorado Public Lands Day. A sample of events are listed below:

Arkansas Headwaters: 28th Annual Clean Up/Green Up
Chatfield State Park: Colorado Public Lands Day Hike and Clean Up
Cheyenne Mountain State Park: Kids to Parks Day Activity
Lathrop State Park: Leave No Trace Naturalist Program
St. Vrain State Park: World Migratory Bird Day
Vega State Park: Stewardship Trash Recovery Hike
Colorado State Parks Photo Contest

In addition to state park events, many additional local and federal agency events and volunteer opportunities are posted at Use #COPublicLandsDay and #KeepItPublic to post or follow Saturday’s activities on social media. For more information on Colorado Public Lands day, visit