8/31/2010

Enjoy the outdoors at Colorado State Parks

Although summer is drawing near it's end, there is still time to enjoy nature at one of Colorado's State Parks. Fishing, camping, boating, hiking, and biking are just a few of your options for outdoor activities. The Colorado State Parks website, www.parks.state.co.us offers additional information on activities and recreation opportunities at each park.

Twenty-four Colorado State Parks now have "Family Activity Backpacks". The packs include: two large bug boxes, magnifiers, various guide books (covering birds, insects, wildflowers and pond or tree life depending on the park), binoculars and a nature journal. "Family Activity Backpacks" may be checked out free-of-charge at the park visitor center or office for day use and returned before heading home or back to the campsite. For more information, visit: http://parks.state.co.us/familyKids/Pages/familyandkids.aspx.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, campsites are still available at most state parks for Labor Day weekend. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Crawford State Park, Eleven Mile State Park, the Island Acres section of the Colorado River State Park, Mancos State Park, Ridgway State Park, State Forest State Park, Vega State Park and Yampa River State Park still have campsites available for all three days. To reserve a campsite, call (303) 470-1144 in Denver or 1(800) 678-2267 statewide or visit: http://parks.state.co.us/Reservations/Page/ReservationsHome.aspx

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