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Colorado state park swim areas and beaches remain closed to protect public health

Colorado state park swim areas and beaches remain closed to protect public health

  DENVER – With the warm weather and upcoming holiday weekend, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds all state park visitors that designated swim and beach areas remain closed at Colorado’s state parks to protect public health due to COVID-19.   It is important that everyone respect all posted seasonal, wildlife and COVID-19 related closures, and […]

Quick Action by CPW Park Rangers, Employees Averts Destructive Fire

Quick Action by CPW Park Rangers, Employees Averts Destructive Fire

WALSENBURG, Colo. – A small fire that threatened a Great Blue heron nesting habitat on an island on Horseshoe Lake at Lathrop State Park was doused and two suspects apprehended thanks to quick action by park employees and rangers. Off-duty park employee Cameron Chitwood was fishing when he noticed the fire on the island around […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Reopening State Campgrounds

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Reopening State Campgrounds

        DENVER – At a COVID-19 response update at the state capitol today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis indicated Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin working to reopen campgrounds at its state parks, phasing in available sites by park in coordination with counties. “Today, I am proud to announce that Colorado State Parks […]

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in El Paso and Prowers Counties

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in El Paso and Prowers Counties

  Broomfield, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) have confirmed cases of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV2) in feral rabbits near Calhan, CO, about 35 miles northeast of Colorado Springs, and in a cottontail in rural Prowers County. RHDV2 is highly contagious and lethal among […]

Camping at Colorado State Parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain Closed until Further Notice

Camping at Colorado State Parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain Closed until Further Notice

  DENVER – Camping at Colorado state parks and State Wildlife Areas will remain closed until further notice, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) works to implement system-wide safety protocols related to social distancing in campgrounds. Customer, volunteer, and employee safety remain a top priority. CPW is committed to providing park services at the highest […]

CPW Seeks Public Input on Plan to Manage far Southeast Colorado Pronghorn Herd

CPW Seeks Public Input on Plan to Manage far Southeast Colorado Pronghorn Herd

  LAMAR, Colo. – Public input is being sought by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) about how it proposes to manage the Two Buttes pronghorn herd in far southeastern Colorado over the next decade. Big game populations are managed t​o achieve population and sex ratio objectives established for various herds. CPW staff spent months drafting […]

CPW Warns of False Info on Hunting-Fishing Regs Due to COVID-19

CPW Warns of False Info on Hunting-Fishing Regs Due to COVID-19

  Colorado Parks and Wildlife has noted an increase in false social media posts and prank calls regarding hunting and fishing licenses, parks passes and fee changes on April 1. Any changes to CPW seasons or recreational opportunities will be posted at cpw.state.co.us. DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is receiving an influx of […]

CPW issues reminder that shed-antler collection restrictions start Jan. 1

CPW issues reminder that shed-antler collection restrictions start Jan. 1

  DURANGO, Colo. – To protect wintering big-game animals and sage grouse species, collection of shed antlers on all public lands west of I-25 is prohibited from Jan. 1 through April 30. “The purpose of the closures is to reduce disturbance of wintering wildlife during the time of year they are most vulnerable,” said Scott […]

CPW Celebrates 30 years of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act

CPW Celebrates 30 years of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act

  DENVER, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is celebrating 30 years of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act this month. NAWCA, signed in December 1989, provides financial support for waterfowl habitat that also supports a multitude of other wetland-related wildlife species. NAWCA provides matching grants to wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, […]

Big Game Processing Classes Offered by CPW in Lamar

Big Game Processing Classes Offered by CPW in Lamar

  Ever wanted to learn how to process the big game you hunted? Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a free class to residents of Southeast Colorado in December. The class is Big Game Processing 101 and it is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the CPW Area 12 office in […]

Low Water Prompts CPW to Order Emergency Fish Salvage at Two Buttes Reservoir

Low Water Prompts CPW to Order Emergency Fish Salvage at Two Buttes Reservoir

  SPRINGFIELD, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife today ordered an emergency public fish salvage at Two Buttes Reservoir north of Springfield due to declining water levels.   Two Buttes Reservoir is in imminent danger of a catastrophic fish kill due to extremely low lake levels. Hoping to avoid the loss of a large number […]

Governor Polis Announces New State Park

Governor Polis Announces New State Park

    DENVER – Governor Jared Polis recently announced that Colorado will work to establish additional Colorado State Parks. The first State Park under consideration includes the iconic 9,633-foot Fishers Peak, which is the highest peak in the United States east of Interstate 25. A diverse partnership, including the City of Trinidad, The Trust for […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Seeks Input as they Look to Open Future State Parks

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Seeks Input as they Look to Open Future State Parks

      DENVER, Colo. – There are 41 state parks across Colorado offering access to some of the state’s most magnificent and diverse outdoor natural features, from mountain lakes to world class rock climbing, hiking and camping. Colorado’s state parks are drawing more visitors every year. On sunny weekends, state parks can have long […]

Colorado’s Boat Inspectors Overwhelmed by Mussel-infested Boats

Colorado’s Boat Inspectors Overwhelmed by Mussel-infested Boats

  DENVER, Colo. – The number of boats infected with mussels intercepted in Colorado by inspectors in 2019 is already even with the total from last year – and we’re only halfway through the boating season. “I am just being completely over-run by mussel infested boats,” said Robert Walters, CPW’s assistant manager for the aquatic […]

Railroad Trestle Permanently Off-limits to Public at John Martin Reservoir SWA

Railroad Trestle Permanently Off-limits to Public at John Martin Reservoir SWA

  HASTY, Colo. – Restrictions on public access to the railroad trestle bridge in the John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area will be strictly enforced after a recent near-tragedy involving a passenger train and two anglers.  Effective immediately, the public is barred from any access to the railroad trestle bridge by the BNSF Railway Police. […]