“Stay-at-home” and “safer-at-home” orders during the COVID-19 crisis include exceptions for outdoor recreation, but even those exceptions have, well, exceptions. Some parks or trails may be closed, or one agency’s land may be closed while another agency’s facilities may be open. Misinformation, conflicting information and out-dated information can mean traveling somewhere (fairly close to your home, of course) only to find you can’t take the hike or bike ride you had planned.
Fortunately, there are some tools to help you plan your outing. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has updated its COTREX app and website to indicate which trails, parks and open spaces are closed or restricted on federal, state and local lands in Colorado. The app is not tracking closures or restrictions to playgrounds, nature and visitors centers, pools or anything not associated with trails.
At the federal level, the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States Forest Service has released an online tool that provides updated information on restrictions or closures on federal lands. In the Rocky Mountain region, which covers the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, there are 24 national forests or grasslands.
See the full press release below:
Using these tools will help you avoid unnecessary travel and disappointment.
Be Good. Do Good Things. Be Safe.
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob’s Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for almost 28 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (@hikingguide), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: email@example.com.