Colorado Public Lands Day, May 16

Colorado's Alpine Loop National Backcountry Byway, by Bob Wick
Colorado’s Alpine Loop National Backcountry Byway, courtesy of Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (CC BY 2.0)

In May 2016, Colorado became the first state to establish a state holiday for our public lands!

Held on the third Saturday in May, Colorado Public Lands Day is a day to celebrate our public lands across Colorado. Not only as fun places to recreate, but also as an irreplaceable resource that provides clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, cultural heritage, and more!

For Colorado Endangered Species Week, we’d like to celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day by talking about the importance of inclusion and equity in our public lands. Public lands technically belong to and benefit all of us, but certain populations have never felt welcome in our public lands. Others have never seen themselves represented and instead have seen themselves actively erased from the history of public lands.


A huge thank you to our CO Public Lands Day partners:

National Parks Conservation Association logo
EcoFlight Logo
The Wilderness Society logo

Click here to join The Wilderness Society as an advocate in the Front Range! Click here to take action with National Parks Conservation Association to protect public lands in Colorado. Need help navigating the site? Email Tracy!

Here are some things you can do to protect our public lands and help make them a more inclusive place for everyone:


For Adults:

For Kids:


For Adults:

For Kids:


For Adults:

  • “This Land: A New Voice for America’s Public Lands” A documentary by Faith E. Briggs about land access told through a journey of inclusion and empowerment (11 minutes):
  • “(unofficial) History of the National Parks,” by Ryan Maxey (4 minute)

For Kids:

  • “Sesame Street Explores National Parks: Grand Canyon Habitats,” from National Park Service (5 minutes)
  • “Hello, National Parks! Travel for Kids, Books Read Aloud,” from Kid Time Story Time (10 minutes)

Check out our Colorado Endangered Species Week page for more days of activities!