This should make for some happy campers. Campgrounds at Colorado State Parks are starting to reopen. This will be a phased reopening so that no community or the park itself becomes overwhelmed. Cabins, yurts, tipis, group facilities, and other reservable day-use facilities remain closed until further notice. Here’s what you need to know, if you want to reserve a a camping spot.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife reservation system will have the most up-to-date information regarding availability at each park for making campsite reservations
All visitor centers and park offices remain closed, and reopening plans will be posted on the CPW website when available. Restrooms remain open, and visitors are advised to bring soap for handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.
Opening dates for campgrounds at Colorado state parks:
Tuesday, May 12
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (Fremont County campgrounds only)
Chatfield State Park
Cherry Creek State Park
Eleven Mile State Park
Elkhead Reservoir State Park
Highline State Park
Jackson Lake State Park
James M. Robb CO River State Park Island Acres
James M. Robb CO River State Park Fruita
Mancos State Park
Mueller State Park
North Sterling State Park
Rifle Falls State Park
Rifle Gap State Park
Staunton State Park
Vega State Park
Wednesday, May 13
Cheyenne Mountain State Park*
Crawford State Park
Thursday, May 14
Boyd Lake State Park
St. Vrain State Park
John Martin Reservoir State Park
Friday, May 15
Golden Gate Canyon State Park*
Lake Pueblo State Park
Lory State Park
Navajo State Park
Ridgway State Park
The following parks continue to coordinate with local officials for reopening plans. Dates will be announced as they become available:
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (Chaffee County campgrounds)
Lathrop State Park
Paonia State Park
Pearl Lake State Park
Stagecoach State Park
State Forest State Park
Steamboat Lake State Park
Sylvan Lake State Park
Trinidad Lake State Park
Yampa River State Park
* Items marked with asterisks are tentative opening dates.
To reserve a campsite
Customers who wish to search for campsites available to reserve should go here and click on “Visit a Park.” Here, customers can search for a park name or location, type of site, and/or date and search for available campgrounds.
If a customer enters specific dates and the number of nights requested, all parks with available campsites will have the option to “book sites.” If no sites are available, visitors will see an option to view the “next available date.”
If a specific date is not entered, customers may “search campgrounds” to view a list of all parks. They can then “check availability” at specific parks, or enter their preferred dates to see any available sites for those dates.
Other state park recreation opportunities
People may still visit state parks for day-use recreation if they are not planning to camp. As of today, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails, boat ramps, marinas, and shorelines remain open.
Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing, maintain at least six feet between other visitors and wear face coverings where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. CPW managers have the discretion to close areas that do not allow for social distancing.
CPW encourages people to take local county and state stay-at-home orders seriously, and limit travel to local destinations for recreating. Anyone demonstrating signs of illness, such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath should stay home.