​COVID-19 Update – 5/12/20

COVID-19 Update – 5/12/20 2:00 p.m.

Provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Update May 12, 2020: Colorado Parks and Wildlife campgrounds began opening at Colorado’s state parks on Tuesday, May 12. There will be a phased approach to reopening our campgrounds. Agency staff are finalizing reopening plans with local partners for some parks, and ask visitors to state parks to remain flexible in their travel plans as we work with counties and local public health orders to open safely and cooperatively. For the schedule of planned openings, please see our May 12 press release.

Understand County Health Orders: Colorado counties, municipalities, and land management agencies continue to update their COVID-19 guidance including travel restrictions, road closures, and access limitations on a regular basis. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anglers, hunters, and all other outdoor recreationists that it is your responsibility to research and understand the specific guidance, ordinances and restrictions in place for any planned local recreation – know before you go.

As camping becomes available, playgrounds, picnic areas, group areas, and yurts and cabins at Colorado’s state parks remain closed until further notice.

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.

 

Park Pass Replacements and Exchanges

  • Temporary, Iron Ranger, and Backup Passes: If a customer needs to exchange their Temporary Pass, Iron Ranger Receipt, green Backup Pass, or Dog Off-Leash Pass, the customer will need to download and complete this green pass exchange form and mail it with any required documentation to the following address:Pass Exchange
    6060 Broadway
    Denver, CO 80216

    Passes will then be printed and mailed to the mailing address on the customer’s exchange form.

  • Replacement Passes: If a customer needs to get a replacement for their annual pass, they will need to download and complete this blue replacement pass form and mail it with any required documentation and check/money order (for the appropriate amount) to the following address:Pass Replacement
    6060 Broadway
    Denver, CO 80216
  • Replacements will then be sent to the mailing address they provide on the replacement request form. Temporary Passes, Annual Passes, and Pass Vouchers are NOT replaceable.
  • Pass Voucher Redemption: For voucher redemption, customers can use this google form, as no physical documentation is required to be mailed to us.
  • 30-Day Extensions for Annual Park Passes: CPW will extend the expiration date for State Park annual passes, annual family passes, Aspen Leaf annual passes and Columbine annual passes with an original printed expiration date of the end of March 2020 or the end of April 2020 by 30 days per Executive Order D 2020 015.  For example, passes that were to expire in April 2020 are now valid through May 31, 2020. This 30-day extension is limited to passes with an original printed expiration date of March 2020 or April 2020.

State Park Camping and Visitor Center Updates

Are parks and campgrounds closed?

Update May 12, 2020: Colorado Parks and Wildlife campgrounds began opening at Colorado’s state parks on Tuesday, May 12. There will be a phased approach to reopening our campgrounds. Agency staff are finalizing reopening plans with local partners for some parks, and ask visitors to state parks to remain flexible in their travel plans as we work with counties and local public health orders to open safely and cooperatively. For the schedule of planned openings, please see our May 12 press release.

As camping becomes available, playgrounds, picnic areas, group areas, and yurts and cabins at Colorado’s state parks remain closed until further notice.

State park visitor centers also continue restricting access to the public until further notice.

  • CPW staff will continue to work at visitor centers during this time, but doors will remain locked during business hours.
  • Restrooms and public areas will continue being cleaned and maintained.
  • Contact information will be provided on all doors.
  • Customers are encouraged to purchase passes on CPWshop.com, by phone at 800.244.5613, or at sales kiosks located at most parks.

How are camping reservations affected?

Update May 12, 2020: Colorado Parks and Wildlife campgrounds began opening at Colorado’s state parks on Tuesday, May 12. There will be a phased approach to reopening our campgrounds. Agency staff are finalizing reopening plans with local partners for some parks, and ask visitors to state parks to remain flexible in their travel plans as we work with counties and local public health orders to open safely and cooperatively. For the schedule of planned openings, please see our May 12 press release.

All customers with reservations that are affected by COVID-19 travel or state or county health orders are being offered the opportunity to change their reservation at no additional cost through December 31, 2020. Cancellation fees are being waived through the end of May. To change your reservation, please visit cpwshop.com, log into your account, confirm your information, then click on “My Reservations.” From there you will be able to change your reservation to another date. You can also call 1-800-244-5613 to change your reservation (please note that call wait times can exceed one hour due to volume).

Due to the volume of camping changes and cancellations, while most refunds will take significantly less time, some refunds may take up to 90 days to process.

Office and Visitor Center Closures and Continued Service

Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers, service centers and offices continue restricting access to the public until further notice.
 
  • CPW staff will continue to work at offices during this time, but doors will remain locked during business hours.
  • CPW is diligently working to keep state parks open so the public can enjoy the health benefits associated with being outside. However, park visitors must enjoy parks responsibly during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s important for everyone to follow the recommendations from CDPHE for easy, everyday actions to protect yourself and those around you.

Update 4/10/2020: Availability of Alternate Service of Process is available while CPW offices are closed and many staff work remotely. Please review this Alternate Service of Process guidance provided by the Department of Natural Resources for these needs during current office closures.

How will I know if events and classes have been canceled?

All classes and events of 10 or more people have been canceled or postponed at this time. Please see the current list of specific closures and cancellations below.

  • We will utilize the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, emails to registered attendees, and our social media accounts to update the public of closures and cancellations.

Cancellations

Purchase Licenses, Park Passes, and Vehicle Registrations Online

OHV Registrations: CPW has extended the expiration date of all OHV registrations for a period of 30 days per Executive Order D 2020 015. Off-highway vehicle registrations and permits expiring March 31, 2020 are now valid until May 31, 2020. 
While our offices are closed, please renew OHV registrations online at www.cpwshop.com. If you are having trouble registering your OHV online, please visit https://cpw.state.co.us/registrations for detailed renewal instructions.

For customers planning to purchase CPW products, including licenses, park passes or vehicle registrations, please visit CPWshop.com or call 800.244.5613.

  • Pick-Up at Agent: The option for customers to select pick-up at agent for parks passes has been turned off for online and phone sales, as customers will have limited access to replace those passes if they fade.
  • Hang Tags: Customers who need hang tags will need to wait until CPW locations open to get one. In the meantime, they can place their pass on their dashboard easily visible from the outside. This wording has been added to the appropriate pass sales flows online. Any passes issued from our office which require a hang tag will be sent with one.
  • Original Annuals & Multiples: Customers can still get annual passes online, by phone, and through external agents. Multiples can be obtained at external agents.

I haven’t received my license or permit by mail – what do I do?

Our license vendor is experiencing significant delays in the fulfillment of CPW products due to “shelter in place” orders related to COVID-19 and are currently backlogged in printing and mailing CPW products.

CPW is allowing customers to use a TAN (Temporary Authorization Number) for proof of privilege for most of our products at this time. This includes small game, combination small game and fishing, waterfowl stamps, fishing, habitat stamps, annual passes and OHV permits.

We have also temporarily extended the timeframe for which a TAN is valid from 14 days to 45 days.

Additionally, for the 2020 spring season only, a TAN will also be allowed for proof of privilege for OTC spring turkey licenses and April mountain lion licenses.

As carcass tags may not be present for mountain lion and OTC spring turkey licenses purchased after March 23, (as these customer licenses may be covered by a TAN), a printed copy of the receipt/confirmation email will be used as the carcass tag in these situations. Customers must print the receipt, carry it with them while hunting and attach it to the carcass after harvest and during transport. After harvesting, the hunter must write the sex and date of harvest, as well as sign the receipt, similar to the voiding carcass tag procedures.

Am I still allowed to fish and/or hunt?

Update April 9, 2020: Colorado counties, municipalities, and land management agencies continue to update their COVID-19 guidance including travel restrictions, road closures, and access limitations on a regular basis. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anglers, hunters, and all other outdoor recreationists that it is your responsibility to research and understand the specific guidance, ordinances and restrictions in place for any planned local recreation – know before you go. 
CPW, along with the Governor’s office, CDPHE and the CDC encourages people to take the local and state stay-at-home orders seriously, and limit travel wherever possible, even for approved recreation activities.
All hunters and anglers must have a valid license, and a valid park pass if recreating in state parks. Hunters and anglers should also check with their local municipal land managers, National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, or US Fish and Wildlife Service office for specific closures and allowed recreation activities. Please respect any posted closures.

Turkey Hunting Information

Spring Turkey seasons run through May 31st. 

Temporary Authorization Numbers & Carcass Tags

As of Monday March 23, our Licensing vendor is experiencing significant delays in fulfillment of CPW products due to “shelter in place” orders related to COVID-19. This means they are currently backlogged in printing and mailing licenses, passes or other CPW products.

  • In response to these delays, we will be allowing customers to use a TAN (Temporary Authorization Number) for proof of privilege for most of our products at this time. This includes over-the-counter spring turkey licenses (for the 2020 spring season only). We have also temporarily extended the timeframe for which a TAN is valid from 14 days to 45 days.
  • As carcass tags may not be present for over-the-counter spring turkey licenses purchased after March 23, (as these customer licenses may be covered by a TAN), a printed copy of the receipt/confirmation email will be used as the carcass tag in these situations. Customers must print the receipt, carry it with them while hunting and attach it to the carcass after harvest and during transport. After harvesting, the hunter must write the sex and date of harvest, as well as sign the receipt, similar to the voiding carcass tag procedures.

Big Game Hunting Information

At this time, there are no planned changes to the big game applications or draw processes, but because there may be unanticipated disruptions, please check back frequently for updates.

Is boating allowed in State Parks during the Safer at Home order?

Yes. Boating is allowed in State Parks during the Safer at Home order.

  • Please go boating in your local area and do not travel to go boating.
  • Boaters need to comply with all CDPHE requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19 and CPW’s Aquatic Nuisance Species regulations to stop the spread of zebra or quagga mussels and other invasive species.

Are Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Stations open and staffed during the Safer at Home order?

Yes, Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Stations to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species in State Parks are open and staffed during the Safer at Home order.

  • Other jurisdictions may or may not be open to boating at this time.
  • See the statewide reservoir opening dates and hours of operations.
  • Be sure to call ahead and verify this information before going boating.

How are you minimizing customer risk of exposure?

Our goal is to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on your recreation experiences in Colorado.

  • We are working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), local health departments, and the office of Governor Polis and will follow their advice and protocols on any future measures.
  • All CPW offices are regularly disinfecting common workspaces, phones and door handles according to CDC and CDPHE guidelines.
  • Staff are washing their hands frequently and are being asked to stay home, or go home, if sick.
  • All CPW educational programs and classes that are not considered essential are being canceled.
  • We are also asking visitors to utilize kiosks for self-check ins where possible to keep traffic lower in visitor centers at this time.

How often do you clean facilities like restrooms, yurts and cabins?

Restrooms are cleaned according to CDC and CDPHE guidelines daily or more often, and we closely monitor the level of park use in case we need to increase our cleaning schedule.

Cabins and yurts are closed, effective March 26 until further notice.

A Note from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Department of Natural Resources is doing its part through social distancing in the workplace.

Beginning on March 17, many of DNR’s employees will work from home. 

However, the DNR and its agencies will remain open for business to serve the people of Colorado, and are available through phone and email.

Please be patient and flexible as we adjust to this unprecedented circumstance, and know that we will respond to customers as soon as possible. See current COVID-19 updates.

What can I do to help minimize COVID-19 exposure or risk?

Remember that public places are only as clean as the last person who used them, and it’s all of our responsibility to keep them clean. 

  • Follow the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommendations. It’s important for everyone to follow the recommendations from CDPHE for easy, everyday actions to protect yourself and those around you.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. If you are scheduled for an activity with CPW, but feel sick or are at risk of getting sick, please cancel or reschedule your plans until you are well. Your community and the places you love are relying on your help by staying home if you are unwell.
  • Play it safe and be respectful outside. While using this opportunity to spend time outdoors, please do so safely and responsibly. Our first responders and search and rescue teams are all facing these challenges along with us. Please Avoid high-risk or remote activities, as accidents stemming from these types of activities may require extensive resources. Colorado Search and Rescue teams are prepared and ready to respond but could become overloaded if the number of calls increases and the number of available responders decreases.

You can also stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information by regularly visiting the CDPHE and CDC websites for the latest on what you can do to ensure we all do our part to help keep our communities safer.

​COVID-19 Update – 4/1/2020

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.

ATTENTION: TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PIKE NATIONAL FOREST CAMPGROUNDS  AND DAY-USE AREAS

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

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January 8, 2020

Good Afternoon Folks!

One our main goals at DiscoverDeckers.com is to promote Volunteer Events & Opportunities, in the Pike National Forest, and surrounding areas. As a Partner/Advocate of Colorado’s Outdoor Principles, we’re happy to promote all volunteer Events and volunteer opportunities on our Events Calendar and Blog page. Here’s the latest update on the Winter/Spring Upcoming Volunteer Events from the Colorado Springs Office, SE Region Volunteer Opportunities 2019-20’

Do you work for a non-profit, or another Outdoor Volunteer Organization? Contact me to get your Volunteer Events on our Calendar today!  With thousands of visitors to our site monthly, and GROWING BY THE DAY, we are proud to be involved in promoting good forest stewardship and community outreach. Join us today! Click on https://discoverdeckers.com/contact

 

Chef Chris

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January 4, 2020

Hey Folks!

Well, it’s most certainly been awhile since my last blog, my apologies. Before giving you the update on how much we have grown since last summer, I must first tell you why I’ve been absent from blogging. On February 23, 2019, my mother, Dawn Elizabeth White, passed away. She was a week shy of her 80th birthday, which was on March 4. My mom was my best friend and stood by me through thick and thin! She was my hero, my inspiration, my mentor, and above all, my biggest fan! I left home when I was about 22 years of age, but for the next 27 years, spoke with her almost daily. Nothing can prepare you for the loss of your mother, but if you are strong in your faith, as am I, you will trust that you will be reunited with your loved ones, in due time. So, with that being said, and trust me, much more was said to the priest/therapist I have been seeing, it’s great to be back to writing, sharing with you all of the joys of living on one of the best trout fisheries in North America, The South Platte River, at Decker’s & Cheesman Canyon.

To get you updated on what’s going on with www.DiscoverDeckers.com, I’m going to write a paragraph about each topic that I would like to update you on and bring you up to speed on everything that has been implemented to the site! Way back on June 6, 2016, I was officially handed the website from http://www.GoDaddy.com.

After about a year or so of working off of this original platform, I had a major problem with my website, it crashed! Couldn’t see a damn thing, but a white screen! So, I called a friend of mine who happened own an IT company in Colorado Springs, and he was able to fix my issue. As we were wrapping up our conversation, mostly consisting of me repeatedly thanking him for saving my ass, I asked him if he had a recommendation for a web designer, as my original platform wasn’t that user friendly, and more importantly, I needed someone with the technical skills to take my vision to the next level.  He immediately recommend Sherri Kiaris, of http://www.sublimecreations.com  Since hiring Sublime Creations, and more importantly, Sherri, www.livedeckerscolorado.com, has taken on a whole new look,  and quite frankly, a whole new vision of opportunity!   You see, not only did Sherri think that it was a good idea for the area, she actually grew up in the Decker’s area, including most of the Pike National Forest. This was great to hear, knowing that a native to the section of the Pike National Forest that I was trying to organize, already had an excellent understanding of that area.  After writing a few letters to the US Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and a couple of other private and non-profit organizations, they all, rather quickly I may add, gave me  the permission to share/use their information, on my website. This was one of the turning points of the website and about the time I decided to make my little hobby a legitimate small business, particularly an advertising company.  By having consistent and up to date Fire Alerts, River Flows, and other Emergency Information from several very trusted sources, we were well on our way to becoming the first and only Tourist Information/Forest Information website, for Decker’s, Colorado.  Now, with over 47 pages of content, and over 250 fly-fishing reports and blogs, we have become one of the top resources of information for Decker’s, Cheesman, and the surrounding Pike National Forest.  Here are a some of the new features of the website!

FISHING REPORTS

We are very excited at www.DiscoverDeckers.com to have partnered with the good guys over at www.Flycastusa.com, to provide you the most up to date, comprehensive fishing reports, for all of the top rivers and streams in Colorado! These guys have turned over the stones and monitored the flows! Each Sunday and sometimes mid-week, you can get updated reports. Complete with the best days to fish, bug selections, where to fish, and even a costume fishing trip, put together by the Tyler and Travis, owners and operators of Flycastusa.com, you’ll have all the information you’ll need for a great day out on the river! Check out the newly updated report for Decker’s & Cheesman, at https://discoverdeckers.com/fishing-reports/

SHOP DECKER’S

Looking for that unique gift for the holidays, or just looking to pick up a souvenir? We now have a full line of DiscoverDeckers.com LOGO items, such as Hats, Mugs, T-Shirts, and much more! In addition to our own products, we at DiscoverDeckers.com are very excited to announce our OWN Affiliate program! Yes, do you have a product that you sell online? If you you do, you can now have that product featured in our store! For a small percentage of the sale, your product can be featured in our store and promoted throughout the website. Simply Click on the VENDOR REGISTRATION TAB https://discoverdeckers.com/vendor-registration/ plug in your information, get approved, and start selling your product on our website today!

FREE CLASSIFIED SECTION

Tired of all that clutter? Well, here’s your chance to list it for sale on our new, FREE CLASSIFIED SECTION! Yes folks! Just like Facebook, it’s free to place an item for sale, job opportunity, or even post your skills in search of employment. Got some old junk, post for it to be picked up, or barter or trade! It’s all possible folks, and free! Simply click on the Free Classified Section link https://discoverdeckers.com/listings/ and post your ads!

EVENTS CALENDAR

Here at www.DiscoverDeckers.com, one of our top priorities is getting out the word about Volunteer Events, in and around our Mountain Community. Each month we will be promoting several volunteer opportunities from many local and national organizations that desperately need the help of  volunteers for a variety of projects throughout the year. Once again, simply click on the link and start giving back today! https://discoverdeckers.com/events/

Our Mission at www.DiscoverDeckers.com, is to provide you the most up to date Forest Alerts, Fire Conditions, and Local Information, to ensure that you and your family have a safe and memorable trip to our little mountain Community. Until next time, take care and I hope to see you on the river soon!

Chris