Inaugural ‘Colorado Public Lands Day’ Festivities Announced

By Jessica Goad

Conservation Colorado and its partners have announced plans for celebrating the first-annual Colorado Public Lands Day, which will occur on Saturday, May 20.

In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands to our state. The bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. Colorado Public Lands Day will occur on the third Saturday in May each year.

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Ninety-five events are currently planned across the state, with more being added weekly. A map of all events can be found here, and highlights include:

  • Party and live music, Powerhouse Science Center, 6:00pm, Durango
  • “Governor Hickenlooper Celebrates Colorado Public Lands Day,” Grand Junction Off-Road Bike Race main stage, 12:00pm, Grand Junction
  • “The Future of Public Lands” featuring U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter and the band Elephant Revival, American Mountaineering Center, 5:00pm, Golden
  • Events in Denver’s urban parks including Montbello Day of Beauty, 10:00am, and BBQ at Silverman Park, 12:00pm
  • Celebration featuring Colorado Public Lands Day architect state Senator Kerry Donovan, High Alpine Brewery, 5:00pm, Gunnison

Eight special beers are being brewed by Colorado breweries to celebrate various aspects of public lands. Broken Compass’ spruce tip IPA, for example, pays homage to the mountains of Breckenridge, while Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s “Monument Irish Red” honors Colorado National Monument.

In addition, renowned Colorado-based band ‘Elephant Revival’ is sponsoring a public lands trail cleanup on May 12. The band has been dubbed the “official sound” of Colorado Public Lands Day 2017, and is hosting a contest to win free tickets to their show at Red Rocks on Sunday, May 21, for anyone who helps promote Colorado Public Lands Day.

More information about all of the events can be found at copubliclandsday.com.

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