Campgrounds

Updated June 2, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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Campgrounds at Colorado state parks

  • Group facilities, pavilions, cabins, yurts, laundry, and camp playgrounds will be phased in over time by Parks and Wildlife with strict hygiene protocols.
  • Private campgrounds are included in this guidance as of May 25.
  • If a host county would like to keep campsites closed in state parks in their county, the County Commissioners should consult with their Local Public Health Agency, and then notify DNR and CDPHE in writing.

IF THERE IS A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 AMONG CUSTOMERS OR EMPLOYEES

  • The operator 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.

Campsite

  • Camping by reservation only, at reduced campsite density.

  • All facilities will be cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines

  • Signage to be posted in prominent locations throughout our parks enforcing social distancing 

  • Provide educational materials enforcing social distancing

  • Visitor Centers and Campground offices will be minimally staffed ensuring social distancing between employees

  • Visitor Centers will be closed to the public

  • Provide generous and flexible cancellation policies so that if guests start experiencing symptoms, they can cancel.

Campers

  • Camp only with members of your household in your local region. Do not invite visitors to your campsite.
  • Use personal equipment for camping equipment (no rentals or “loaned” items).
  • Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed camping supplies in your home community. You should not go to a host community grocery store, restaurant, supply store, or gas station except for emergency situations. 
  • Be prepared and plan ahead for extremely limited facilities, as many will be closed or reduced access. You must pack out your trash and waste and follow additional guidance from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
  • Do not camp if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.
  • Do not engage in risky activities and strictly follow any local county fire bans as fire, search, and rescue volunteers are involved in other important public health activities right now.

Private campgrounds

Private campgrounds must consult with local county or municipality and their local public health agency for additional guidance and regulations. If a host county would like to keep campsites closed, county commissioners should consult with their local public health agency, and then notify Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and CDPHE in writing.

Campsites

  • Clean and disinfect all facilities per guidelines.
    • Group facilities, pavilions, cabins and yurts are CLOSED.
  • Ensure campsites are a minimum of 6 feet apart. Consider phasing in, and only allowing every other campsite to be in use.
  • Allow camping by reservation only.
  • Post signs in prominent locations throughout the campground and its buildings to enforce physical distancing. 
  • Provide educational materials to emphasize and enforce physical distancing.
  • Provide generous and flexible cancellation policies so that if guests start experiencing symptoms, they can cancel.
  • Keep staff in visitors’ centers and campground offices to a minimum, and set them up outdoors when possible. Ensure employees are physically distanced at least 6 feet from one another. Limit the number of customers allowed in offices to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. Keep playgrounds and other common-use areas closed.
  • Implement symptom monitoring protocols for staff (including temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible (Additional Guidance)

Campers

  • Camp only with members of your household in your local region. Do not invite visitors to your campsite.
  • Use personal equipment for camping. (No rentals or “loaned” items).
  • Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed camping supplies in your home community. You should not go to a host community grocery store, restaurant, supply store, or gas station except in emergency situations. 
  • Be prepared and plan ahead for extremely limited facilities, as many will be closed or there may be reduced access. You must pack out your trash and waste. 
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, and chills.
  • Do not engage in risky activities, and strictly follow any local county fire bans. Fire, search, and rescue volunteers need to prioritize other important public health activities right now.