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Responsible Outdoor Adventures

Our fresh Colorado air can really help alleviate feeling stuck inside. Here’s how to enjoy our great outdoors responsibly, through social distancing.

Latest COVID Mitigation and Restrictions Update



The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to move El Paso County to Level Yellow: Concern on February 6, 2021 on the state’s dial framework. You can find the chart with restriction changes on that same webpage. El Paso County continues to expand the community mitigation plan.

Perhaps now more than ever, parks, trails and open spaces are providing a much-needed reprieve to sustain both physical and mental health. These are the places that are helping us all cope with the uncertainty of this public health crisis that has disrupted our daily lives and left us feeling stuck inside. In order to keep enjoying our great outdoors, we all need to do our part to use these areas in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.

This means we need to use these areas differently than we normally do, even if it feels overly cautious. We've compiled a list of safe ways to enjoy our outdoor recreation while maintaining proper social distancing.

While most trails and parks are open, please note that each location may have their own restrictions, guidelines and procedures for the health and safety of their staff and customers. Please check with the individual website for more information. Explorers are encouraged to practice social distancing while outdoors, wear face masks, avoid crowded trails and take any necessary precautions.

Outdoor Adventures

Adventures that Remain Closed:

  • Julie Penrose Fountain at America the Beautiful Park is closed this summer due to construction activity in the area.
  • Portal Pool and Prospect Lake Beach will remain closed for the season.

Guidelines for Enjoying the Outdoors Responsibly

  • Head to Trails Less-Traveled – Literally! Go somewhere off the beaten path that perhaps you've never been before. Think of places where you're least likely to see other outdoor enthusiasts. If the parking lot looks full, find another place to recreate.
  • Make Yourself Known. If you approach other folks enjoying their time outside, offer a wave and some communication and discuss the best way to pass by. You may be at a very tight and constricted part of a trail, but we urge you to make the safest decision for the circumstance.
  • You Gotta Keep 'em Separated. Maintain a safe distance of 6 feet between yourself and other people around you.
  • Pack It Up, Pack It In (in the immortal words of House of Pain). Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trace, take everything out to protect park workers.
  • Bring Your Own Hydration Station. Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • "Go" Before You Go. Users may find public restrooms closed. Be prepared before you leave, and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Keep It Clean. Bring hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands if soap and water are not available. Do not touch any surfaces that are likely to be touched by other people.
  • Feelin' Ill? Stay Home! DO NOT use parks, trails and open spaces if you are exhibiting symptoms. If you or your children are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to stay home when sick.
  • Don’t Touch. Do not touch any surfaces that are likely to be touched by other people.
  • Stay Away from Crowds. If the parking lot looks full, find another place to recreate.
  • Don't Be a "Team Player." Do not gather in groups or engage in any activity where you cannot maintain at least 6 feet from other people. This includes activities involving physical contact or the sharing of equipment.
  • Avoid Playgrounds. We know it's hard to tell your kiddos they can't play on the playground, but please do not use or play around playground equipment.

Taking all of this into account, we anticipate an increase in outdoor recreation, so the need for us to communicate with other users is more important than ever. Say hello, offer a wave and support each other during this time. Maybe it can carry over to when we all get back to a more normal way of life. So, let’s play outside. But, let’s play by the rules. The new rules. Also, feel free to join in on some virtual hikes with Trails & Open Space Coalition.



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