How It Began

In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands within the state. From now on, the third Saturday in May will be known as Colorado Public Lands Day celebrating the significant contributions these lands have to our state. The bill, carried by Senator Kerry Donovan, passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.

View the Colorado Public Lands Day Bill.

Learn About Your Public Lands!

Public lands are crucial to our way of life and economy in Colorado. They are a defining part of our heritage, identity, and unique way of life. This new state holiday is intended to encourage all Coloradans to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled public lands. Our public lands lands are vital resources providing clean water, protection of wildlife habitat, and offer vast recreation opportunities which in many cases can be accessed for free.


Did You Know

Did you know 90% of the people living in Colorado use their public lands?

Colorado has four national parks and 41 state parks to explore.

Some of the recreation opportunities on Colorado's public lands include hiking, biking, exploring historic sites, hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

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