Ten Ways to Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day

The public lands are calling, and you must go.
The public lands are calling, and you must go. Kenzie Bruce
Love Colorado for the mountains? Join the club. But how about the public lands? In May 2016, Colorado established the third Saturday in May as Colorado Public Lands Day, becoming the first state to establish a state-specific holiday for public lands. This year, the holiday takes place on Saturday, May 19. Here are ten ways for you to celebrate public lands.

Get Out! Saison Tapping Celebration at Mountain Tap Brewery
Friday, May 18, 3:30 to 10 p.m.
910 Yampa Street, Steamboat Springs

Mountain Tap Brewery will be tapping its Get Out! Belgian saison. The beer is intended to encourage people to — you guessed it — get out!

click to enlarge Celebrate public lands by getting up close and personal with Brown's Canyon National Monument. - PHOTO COURTESY OF NOAH'S ARK WHITE WATER & ADVENTURE CO.
Celebrate public lands by getting up close and personal with Brown's Canyon National Monument.
Photo courtesy of Noah's Ark White Water & Adventure Co.
Raft Through Brown's Canyon National Monument
Trips start at 8 a.m.
Noah’s Ark Whitewater & Adventure Co.
23910 U.S. Highway 285 South, Buena Vista
Half-day rafting prices start at $55

If there's one better way to honor public lands than by rafting through a national monument, it's with a donation. On May 19, 10 percent of all the proceeds from Brown's Canyon Rafting Trips will be donated to Colorado’s Public Lands to continue to preserve and protect the wild and beautiful landscapes that we all love to explore.

Build a Sustainable Trail in Dedisse Park
Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
29200 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen

During this 100-person project, volunteers will work in small groups to create a new section of trail that will direct users away from the many "social trails" in the park, which lead people off designated trails and damage the environment. Breakfast and lunch are free!

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Kenzie Bruce
Colorado Public Lands Day Celebration in Montbello
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Montbello Civic Center

Protégete will host a resources fair in Montbello. There will be activities that relate to the outdoors and educate the public on where they can access national and urban parks. Protégete (the name means "Protect yourself" in Spanish) is a program through Conservation Colorado that builds a more powerful and influential voice for local Latino communities and leaders in the fight against climate change.

Ride for the Pass
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Highway 82, five miles east of Aspen

The 24th annual Ride for the Pass allows bikers to experience Independence Pass's beauty — without automobiles. The ride, which climbs more than 2,800 feet in elevation over ten miles, benefits the work of the Independence Pass Foundation, whose mission is to restore and protect the ecological, historical and aesthetic integrity of Independence Pass. This year, certain e-bikes will be welcome to ride.

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Kenzie Bruce formerly Westword’s social media editor, is a Mizzou photojournalism graduate and was previously the manager of communications and multimedia for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Atlanta.
Contact: Kenzie Bruce