​COVID-19 Update – 4/1/2020

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Hello Friends,

Well, it’s certainly no April Fool’s Day joke, this stuff is REAL! My friends, we are most definitely living in a new world, a world in which the basic necessities have become scarce.  Trips to the movies, parks, concerts and sporting venues, all  have been either closed, cancelled, or instituted strict rules around being open for business. If you’ve found yourself like most of the other 2/3 of the world, you’re most likely quarantined at home from the Covid-19 virus, sheltering in place.  Or,  perhaps you are one of unfortunate Cruise ship passengers stranded at sea, left abandoned and helpless, while among the sick and dying. Scenarios like these are happening all around the world. Yesterday, the United States passed Italy with the total number of positive test results, for 200,000 Americans. As of Wednesday, more than 210,000 people in the United States had tested positive, with at 4,669 deaths.  As we continue our efforts to stop this virus from spreading deeper, with strict social distancing guidelines,  and a fierce movement to both find a vaccine and eventual cure, we struggle to find hospital beds and more importantly, much needed ventilators and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). These items  are crucial to the ability to fight this onslaught of sickness, and to protect our healthcare workers from becoming sick and potentially dying.   As we have just recently been informed that the Federal guidelines, issued by President Trump, along with the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, are to remain in effect until at least April 30. Let’s face it folks, this isn’t going to get better before it gets worse! If we do not adhere to these guidelines and follow the mandated orders, we’re in for a far worse situation than what we are currently experiencing. With that being said, I would like to pass along some information that just came out today. This was released by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife, pertaining to the Campgrounds and Day-use areas.  Before I sign off, I would like to say that it’s good to be back writing.  You see,  I lost my mother last year and struggled to put words to print.  After some time to mourn and take a step back, I’m in a much better place and well on my way to being back to my old self.  Even thought we’re going through a difficult and scary time, with unimaginable loss of life  and a lengthy road to recovery, try to stay strong and remember to be kind to one another! We’ve got this…..

Take Care,

Chef Chris

COVID-19 Response


   COVID-19 Update – 3/31/20 1:00 p.m.

Colorado State Parks remain open, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will close all playgrounds, picnic areas, campgrounds, dispersed camping and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areas effective Thursday, March 26 until further notice. This action has been taken based on The Stay-At-Home Order from Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the advice of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers, service centers and offices are also continuing to restrict access to the public. Restrictions and closures remain subject to change.

We know you have questions regarding the rapidly evolving scenario that surrounds COVID-19, and how Colorado Parks and Wildlife is responding to keep your family healthy during your visits to our parks and offices.

  • Customer, volunteer and employee safety is our top priority, and we take your health and well-being seriously.
  • We are committed to providing our regular services at the highest level possible while also ensuring that everyone is safe.


For the safety of the visitors and staff, the Campgrounds have been closed. The Day-use area restrooms have also been closed.   These would include Lone Rock Campground, Ouzel, Osprey, Platte River, Willow Bend, Scraggy View, and all other campground and day-use areas, along the South Platte.  For more information and forest alerts, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices