The parks closed to camping Thursday but are still open to fishing, hiking, biking and other activities. Fort Collins Coloradoan
Camping at Colorado State Parks for Memorial Day weekend is in jeopardy after Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Tuesday it is continuing a camping ban until further notice due to coronavirus.
CPW’s campgrounds were initially closed March 26 and will remain that way until the agency works to implement system-wide safety protocols related to social distancing in campgrounds, according to the news release.
The agency has more than 4,000 campsites and 58 cabins and yurts located throughout the 41-state parks system, including Boyd Lake State Park near Loveland.
“We understand the strain these continued closures put on all of us, and we appreciate the public’s flexibility as we work through the process of reopening,” Dan Prenzlow, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in the release.
Those who have already booked sites will receive cancellations via email.
Larimer County Natural Resources opened its campgrounds Friday to those with existing reservations and self-contained hard-sided units with restrooms.
Roosevelt National Forest has closed its campgrounds and restrooms but trailheads remain open for hiking.
CPW said it is working with federal and local municipal partners as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to determine a timeline to reopen its campgrounds and state wildlife areas.
The difficulty in opening up the sites comes from individual counties facing unique circumstances.
Fishing and hiking remain open at the sites, which are continuing to be patrolled by rangers. Park trail closures due to visitation or crowding will be reported on the Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) app and the CPW website.
Colorado counties, municipalities, and land management agencies continue to update their COVID-19 guidance including travel restrictions, road closures and access limitations on the Colorado Counties Inc. Safer-At-Home map.
CPW said it is the responsibility of recreationists to understand park and county closures before visiting a site. The agency also reminded park visitors to follow social distancing, wearing of face coverings and trail safety etiquette when recreating.
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