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Event Calendar and Tips



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Colorado State Parks Calendar

Looking for exciting outdoor events throughout Colorado? Your local state parks offer plenty of activities for visitors of all ages. From guided nature hikes to outdoor concerts, clean-up projects, triathlons, fishing, mountain bike races, and history demonstrations, we have it all! Throughout the winter, several parks even offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, skating, and holiday-themed events too. Call ahead for current weather conditions. Add the following great events to your to-do list, and make Colorado State Parks your destination for fun all year long! For more details, call the host park at the designated number, or visit

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JUNE 5-6, 2010

Fishing Weekend Select Colorado State Parks Fishing licenses are waived this weekend so bring the whole family to fish at your favorite state park. Contact your local state park or Division of Wildlife office for information. JUNE 10-12, 2010

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Crawford Pioneer Days Celebration Crawford State Park Step back in time at Crawford Pioneer Days. Celebrate

western heritage with a parade, old-fashioned melodrama, elk-calling contest and other family activities. More info: (970) 921-4000 JUNE 12, 2010

Highline Hustle Sprint Triathlon Highline Lake State Park Do the hustle—a 500-meter lake swim, 16-mile road bike race, and 3.5-mile trail run. Pre-registration required. More info: www.parks.

JUNE 18-19, 2010

Slocum Cabin Days Chatfield State Park History comes alive at this fun-filled event. Mountain men and women demonstrate skills and activities from the 1800s in period costume and encampment. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, interactive nature walks and an archaeological dig for children. More info: (303) 791-7275 JULY 2010

Lakes Appreciation Month Barr Lake State Park July is Lakes Appreciation Month in Colorado. Come celebrate it at Barr Lake, where you can boat, fish or attend special education programs. Call ahead to get details about specific happenings. More info: (303) 659-6005 JULY 2010

Summer Concert Series Boyd Lake State Park Every Saturday in July come enjoy music, picnics and fun at Boyd Lake. For details about musicians and showtimes, call (970) 669-1739.

Round up the herd for this fun-filled annual event. On this Saturday in August, local amateur and professional poets, music groups and tall tale tellers come together to present an evening of western style entertainment. More info: (970) 487-3407 AUGUST 29, 2010

Fat Tire Classic Triathlon Lory State Park This off-road triathlon explores Horsetooth Reservoir and the gorgeous trails around Lory State Park. More info: (970) 493-1623 SEPTEMBER 2010

Celebrate Eldorado Eldorado Canyon State Park Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced climber, you can participate in this festival. Take your pick of more than 500 technical rock climbing routes along Eldo’s sheer golden walls, mingle with climbers in the community, and learn techniques and tips from the pros. Other events include a four-mile trail race and volunteer trail work. More info: (303) 494-3943 SEPTEMBER 2010

AUGUST 2, 2010

Colorado Day Various parks Colorado Day is a chance to celebrate the state’s diverse heritage. Entrance to state parks is free! More info: AUGUST 19-22, 2010

Palisade Peach Festival Near James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park Four days of fun-filled, entertaining events await. With more than 100 food, art and craft vendors, great live musical entertainment, a fantastic children’s area, various culinary activities, numerous special events, and of course…peaches, there is something for everyone. More info: (970) 434-3388

Colorado Mountain Winefest Near James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park Toast the grape harvest and raise your glass to Colorado’s finest vintages at the state’s oldest, largest and best wine festival. Proceeds go to supporting this industry, which is essential to the region’s economy. More info: (970) 464-0111 SEPTEMBER 2010

Fall Birding Festival Barr Lake Bring your binoculars or spotting scope to celebrate the fall migration with food, fun and lore. It’s a great way to introduce yourself or your family to the art of birding. More info: (303) 659-6005

in this annual clean up project. More info: (719) 561-9320 SEPTEMBER 25, 2010

National Public Lands Day Various parks Give back to the parks you love by participating in service projects across the state. Parks will offer different events, so check ahead for details. More info: OCTOBER 2, 2010

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Lory State Park With rolling valleys, mountainous hillsides, and a 70,000-square-foot mountain bike park, Lory State Park is the perfect place for a fat-tire ride with your favorite kid. Sponsored by International Mountain Biking Association and hosted by Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol, this annual event includes guided trail rides, bicycle safety, bicycle maintenance and more. More info: (970) 493-1623 OCTOBER 2010

Fall Festival Castlewood Canyon State Park Come watch the fall colors, sample food from vendors and enjoy a myriad of family activities at this annual event. There’s plenty of fun for all ages. More info: (303) 688-5242 OCTOBER 2010

The Big Sit! Chatfield State Park Bring your own chair (or use the bench seating provided by State Parks) and your favorite beverage and snacks and help us find birds. During a Big Sit you sit (or stand) in one location and count as many species as possible. We’ll keep a Big Sit “day total” and do hourly counts. The Big Sit is part of a nationwide effort to track bird populations and migrations. More info: (303) 791-7275

Begin a family tradition this holiday season by selecting and cutting your own native Christmas tree. Choose from Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Lodge Pole Pine and Rocky Mountain Juniper. Permits are limited. Advance purchase is required. More info: (303) 582-3707 DECEMBER 2010

Holiday Open Houses Various parks Get to know park staff and celebrate the holidays in nature at one of the many holiday open houses offered throughout the state. More info: JANUARY 2011

Walk in a Winter Wonderland Mueller State Park Every winter, Mueller offers the opportunity to snowshoe hike and learn about the various trees and animal tracks along the way. Dress warmly in layers and bring your own snowshoes, water and snacks. More info: (719) 687-2366 JANUARY 2011

Nordic Ski Competitions Steamboat Lake State Park Steamboat is frequently the site for cross-country ski competitions. Call the park to see what events are planned, or visit with your family and enjoy the winter trails! More info: (970) 879-3922 JANUARY 2011

Snowshoe Events State Forest State Park State Forest usually hosts ski and snowshoe events in winter, including snowshoe stomps and cross-country ski races. Call for a schedule, or just visit and explore the winter trails. You can also snowmobile, telemark ski and snowboard here. More info: (970) 723-8366


Tri for the Cure Cherry Creek State Park Breast cancer patients and survivors team up with their co-workers, friends and family for an all-women’s event that raises awareness and funds for cancer research. More info:

Serious Fishermen’s Pike Fishing Tournament Eleven Mile State Park Anglers travel here from around the state to compete in this exciting tournament. Come see how the pros skillfully catch trophy-sized fish! More info: (719) 748-3401


Sportsmen’s Expo Barr Lake State Park Whether you’re an angler, boater or wildlife enthusiast, you won’t want to miss this Expo. Learn about the latest gear and get advice from seasoned professionals. More info: (303) 659-6005


Ice Fishing Tournaments Eleven Mile State Park Eleven Mile hosts ice fishing tournaments and grand slams every year where hundreds of teams compete for trophy-sized trout. Come learn some new tips by

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watching the pros, or test your skills at the competition. More info: (719) 748-3401 JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011

Annual Ski & Skate Events Yampa River State Park Every year, Yampa hosts various ski and skate events for winter recreation enthusiasts. Offerings vary, so check ahead with the park for specific events and schedules. The park is also open to ice fishing. More info: (970) 276-2061 FEBRUARY-MARCH 2011

Full Moon Open House State Forest State Park Come ski or snowshoe by the light of the moon and the glowsticks that are placed along the 6.5-mile Gould Loop. Bring a sack lunch and wear warm clothing. State Forest typically offers this event a couple times throughout the winter, but please call ahead for the 2011 schedule. More info: (970) 723-8366 APRIL 2011

Annual Photography Contest Eldorado Canyon State Park Every year, Eldorado Canyon invites

amateur photographers to submit their best nature and sports photos from Eldorado Canyon. Winners hold a place in history, and have the chance to be featured on a calendar, which is sold in the park’s visitor center bookstore. Call to find out details about eligibility and types of photographs accepted. More info: (303) 494-3943 APRIL 2011

Earth Day Various parks Celebrate Earth Day with your favorite State Parks and help raise awareness for environmental issues. Recreation activities, educational programs and clean-up projects are offered each year. To find out more, contact the state park you wish to visit, or go to www. and check the events calendar. APRIL-MAY 2011

Mountain Bike Events Highline Lake State Park With its proximity to Fruita, this park offers numerous festivals and mountain bike races, short and long. More info: (970) 858-7208

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 AUGUST 7, 2010

Cowboy Poetry Event Vega State Park

Annual Land & Sea Clean Up Lake Pueblo State Park Show your love of nature by participating


Christmas Tree Cutting Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Note: Due to the long lead time, all events are subject to change. Contact the host site or for the most up-to-date information.


F O R M O R E Throughout the winter, several parks even offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, skating, and holiday-themed ev...