Here’s what’s open and closed for outdoor recreation in Colorado

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Most Coloradans have to wait a little longer before adventuring into the mountains again. While much of the state remains open for outdoor recreation, the mountain towns and other spots are likely to remain off-limits or with restricted access due to the coronavirus. Here’s a look at what’s open and closed related to outdoor recreation around the state.


Safer-at-home guidelines took effect on April 27, limiting recreational travel to a 10-mile radius from home. This means avoiding travel to the mountains or other towns for hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing, skiing, and any other outdoor recreation activity. If you plan to get outside, please be aware of outdoor recreation destination closures including Rocky Mountain National ParkMesa Verde National ParkGreat Sand Dunes National Park and PreserveRoyal Gorge Bridge and Park, the  Manitou InclineBarr Camp, and  Hanging Lake.

Use Colorado’s COTREX app to see which trails are closed and use this website to see what’s crowded.

Avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, follow public health guidelines, and maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others on the trail. Any illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed, with many popular trailheads being regularly monitored. Wear a mask.

Mountain Communities

The Pitkin County stay-at-home order is set to lift on May 9, with plans to move closer towards the state’s “ safer-at-home” order.

Summit County has issued an amended public health order, prohibiting short-term lodging through May 31 to continue. All ski areas within the county also remain closed. Second-home owners are also strongly discouraged from visiting unless necessary.

Many other counties have extended their stay-at-home orders to better prepare for the next phase of reopening, including Boulder, Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties.

Please note, some counties are now requiring masks and face coverings for indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Many other restrictions on lodging and recreation on present around the state on a county-by-county basis.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife extended the closure of all campgrounds and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) for state parks through May 4. Dispersed camping will also remain banned. Reservations with departure dates through this date have been canceled for a full refund. Reservations past May 4 have been changed to start May 5 and continue for the remainder of the dates requested. More details here.


Spinney Mountain State Park will open for boating on Wednesday, April 29. Eleven Mile will also be open for boating on Thursday, April 30. The south boat ramp at Witcher’s Cove will be closed for the season, North boat ramp will be open. Please note the inspection process may take a little longer than usual due to new social distancing protocols.

Water activities on Clear Creek in Jefferson County and Golden (Vanover Park) have been suspended until further notice.

Additional water and boating restrictions may be present around the state. Check with an official source for additional details.


Need fuel for the trail? Restaurants and bars are allowed to continue to offer carry-out and delivery options, but no in-person dining is allowed. Polis has stated that in-house dining may be possible in some form come mid-May.

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