Outdoor recreation


  • The worksite must notify and cooperate with their local public health agency on next steps.

  • Local public health agency contacts can be found here.

  • Outbreak guidance for non-healthcare facilities can be found here.

Outdoor Recreation / Outdoor Guides / Tours / Outfitters
  • Guided services, including overnight services, for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, ATV tours, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing, and climbing must follow local policies.

  • River outfitters, rafting, or jeep tours must follow local policies. 

  • Developed hot springs should follow outdoor pool guidance.


  • Consider taking the Power the Comeback Business Pledge to promote a COVID-19-safe workplace.

  • Encourage employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Consider hosting an employee vaccination event through CDPHE’s workplace vaccination program.

  • Unvaccinated people are strongly encouraged to wear masks as much as possible, especially during staging and disembarking operations.

  • Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible and encourage sick employees to use the Colorado COVID Symptom Support tool.

  • Unvaccinated employees who have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 symptoms should quarantine after exposure and get tested.

  • Employees who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms must  not come to work and get tested. 

  • Keep a record of employees and participants (i.e.sign in/out) to enable contact tracing.

  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at work should immediately notify their supervisor and be separated from others, sent home, and referred to state or company support services and get tested.

  • Encourage reservations. This will aid in notification efforts in case there is an exposure to COVID-19.

  • Post signs for employees and recreators outlining good hygiene and safety measures being taken. Signs should include easy-to-interpret graphics and be in languages customers will understand. (CDC examples)

  • Encourage handwashing. Direct customers to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

  • Clean all equipment used by participants, as well as equipment used commonly by other recreators in between each trip (including paddles, P.F.D.s, rafts, jeep/bus/train seats, saddles, handles/handlebars).  (CDC guidance)

  • Vehicle windows should be kept open at when transporting patrons during tours.


  • Unvaccinated people are strongly encouraged to wear masks during check-in, staging, transportation to and from activity if in a shared vehicle, as well as during end-of-trip disembarking activities. 

  • Follow company guidelines on mask-wearing during trips. Check local regulations before travel.

  • Bring hand sanitizers or soap and water.

  • If you or anyone in your party is sick, stay home and rebook. For COVID-19, understand how long you need to quarantine (if exposed) or isolate (if ill) before you rebook. covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-in-colorado/about-covid-19/isolation-and-quarantine

Additional resources and guidelines available at covid19.colorado.gov/guidance-resources