As winter approaches, it’s important to remember that Coloradoparks, like many of Colorado’s outdoor recreation destinations, are open year-round.
But the park system is in a different place this year.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division (CPWD) announced that it’s opening Winter Park to the public for the first time since the park’s inception.
The official word is that it’ll be open March 20 to May 22.
“This year, we’re making a big change to the programming that we’ve offered,” said Chris Cope, the director of the CPWD’s winter park program.
“Winter Park is a very unique event.
It has a variety of activities that you’re going to be able to participate in and you’ll be able take part.
But you also want to stay in a very nice environment that is nice for the animals, the people, and the parks staff.”
While the official details aren’t available yet, it seems like Winter Park will be open to the general public, including camping and fishing.
Cope says that all visitors will need to be registered with the CPwd in order to participate.
“The park is open for people to register,” he said.
“We have all the information on the registration form.”
However, you’ll need to fill out a form for yourself if you want to register to take a picture with your loved one or take photos with your dog.
The CPWD also says that you’ll have to be 18 or older to camp or fish at Winter Park, though it does suggest that kids under 12 will not be allowed to participate and that the only activity allowed at the park is “pumping iron” or “fish and chips.”
As with any outdoor recreation event, there will be some things that will be prohibited.
You’ll need a permit from the park.
“That’s one of the big things that you need to know is that we don’t allow anything that is not for the general park, for example, no alcohol,” Cope said.
In other words, the park won’t be serving alcohol, which can be a bit of a safety concern, especially for those who have health problems or other health conditions.
You also can’t have pets, which is also a bit concerning, as pets are allowed in a number of areas of the park, including fishing areas.
“They’ll be allowed in all the fishing areas, all the boating areas,” Coe said.
There will be a special “tent zone” for animals, as well, but it’s unclear whether they’ll be in the tent areas.
There’s also a “campground” for people camping, but the park will not allow camping and camping equipment will be available only in the park itself.
In addition to the campground, there are picnic tables, fire rings, and a designated “lunchroom” that will serve as a dining area.
You can find more information about the new activities in the winter park schedule, which includes information about camping, fishing, and camping gear.
If you want more information on Winter Park and other parks in the state, you can check out CPWDs Winter Park Calendar.
[COLORADO SPRINGS, CO]