Colorado state parks are open for recreational activities, but not for swimming.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officials are warning beachgoers of no swimming at state parks despite warmer weather on tap for Memorial Day weekend. Swim and beach areas that are set to remain closed due to COVID-19 include the following state parks:

  • Boyd Lake State Park
  • Chatfield State Park
  • Cherry Creek State Park
  • Elkhead Reservoir State Park
  • Highline Lake State Park
  • James M. Robb – Island Acres
  • John Martin Reservoir State Park
  • Lake Pueblo State Park
  • Lathrop State Park
  • North Sterling State Park
  • Ridgway State Park
  • Stagecoach State Park
  • Steamboat Lake State Park

“We want people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but to also do so safely,” said Northeast Region Manager Mark Leslie. “We hope people enjoy and celebrate the holiday responsibly, following public health orders and leave no trace principles.”

Areas within state parks that discourage social distancing such as group picnic areas, group camping, showers, and laundry facilities also remain closed to visitors.

The statewide “safer-at-home” order from Gov. Polis is set to expire on May 27. Although restrictions are starting to ease, park visitors are encouraged to continue to follow outdoor recreation best practices and recommendations provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help prevent the community spread of the virus.

National Parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park and The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, also have plans to launch phased reopenings.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Let’s all do our part to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Be sure to follow all COVID-19 restrictions and closures set forth in the state parks and any other outdoor recreation areas around the state. Maintain social distancing, be respectful to others, and practice Leave No Trace when enjoying our beautiful and wild spaces. 

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