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Colorado Public Lands Day – May 20

Yampa Valley Public Lands Celebration

Celebrate our state’s inaugural public lands day! Did you know Colorado has four national parks, eight national monuments and 41 state parks and that 90% of Coloradans use their public lands? Colorado’s public lands are a defining part of our heritage, identity, and unique way of life. This new state holiday is intended to encourage all Coloradans to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled public lands. (adapted from Colorado Public Lands Day)

Join YVSC and other local groups on May 20 for a variety of events celebrating local public lands! In case of inclement weather, please contact the event organizer to confirm whether the event has changed or been cancelled. 

On May 20, be sure use #CoPublicLandsDay and #YVpubliclandsday to share photos of you exploring and enjoying our public lands!

Bird Walk at Carpenter Ranch
7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch
13250 US-40, Hayden, CO 81639

Join a 2 hour guided bird walk along the Yampa River led by resident birding expert Nancy Merrill. Meet at The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch visitor center at 7:45 for coffee and tea. From 8-10 enjoy an easy walk through the unique cottonwood forest, home to over 150 species of migrating and nesting birds. Bring binoculars, wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Contact Information: bblakeslee@tnc.org or 970.846.9102.

Routt County Clean-Up – Cancelled due to snow
Volunteers who have already picked up supplies, are encouraged to cover their designated clean-up areas.  Contact Routt County Environmental Health for information on dropping off the bags. 

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Olympian Hall

This great community event kicks off with coffee and pastries. Free BBQ and prize giveaway for volunteers following the clean-up at 11:30 a.m. also at Olympian Hall. Register in advance with Routt County Environmental Health by emailing Heather Savalox at hsavalox@co.routt.co.us. For questions, call 970.870.5403.

Ride the Cog Fundraiser – Rescheduled for May 27 due to the snow and muddy trails

9:00 a.m.
Rides start at The Wild Goose Coffee in the Hayden Granary Building
198 E. Lincoln Ave. Hayden, CO 81639

The Ride the Cog fundraiser event features choice of 3 scenic rides: a paved/gravel 31 mi ride; a 28 mile challenging dirty mountain bike ride (11% grades!) or a 3 mile family fun ride. After ride party with lunch, live music, silent auction at the Hayden Heritage Center Museum. Yampa River State Park will have maps to show some of the great public land rides in the area.  Proceeds benefit the Hayden Heritage Museum! For more info or to purchase tickets online, go to: www.haydenheritagecenter.org. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at 9 a.m. at The Wild Goose Coffee 198 E. Lincoln Ave Hayden. Call Museum 970.276.4380 or email haydenmuseum@zirkel.us

Stagecoach State Park BBQ and Trash Clean-Up
1:00 p.m.
Arrowhead Group Picnic Area

Stagecoach State park is planning a community BBQ and Reservoir Shoreline Trash Pick Up following our annual park orientation to celebrate CO Public Lands Day. The Community BBQ will start at 1:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Group Picnic area followed by the Trash Pick Up at 2:00 p.m. Participants are asked to RSVP for the BBQ by May 17 by calling 970.736.2436.

Yampa Valley Public Lands Day Celebration and Networking
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Mountain Tap Brewery
Rain or shine

After a day of exploring local public lands, the public is invited to enjoy craft brews and wood-fired pizza on the patio at Mountain Tap Brewery. Mountain Tap has brewed a special beer for the occasion. The new brew—called “Get Out!”— is a Belgian farmhouse-style saison and was brewed to celebrate Colorado’s public lands. Made with Colorado-grown malted barley and wheat from Root Shoots Malting, it’s earthy, spicy, tangy and quenching. It will be on tap on Colorado Public Lands Day – and all summer long while supplies last, encouraging beer drinkers to Get Out! and enjoy the land! State and local elected officials, including State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush, will speak at the celebration. Several environmental groups will also have information tables at the event.

Hike with the Sierra Club – Rescheduled for May 25 due to the snow and muddy trails

5:00 p.m.
Meet at Blackmer trailhead
weather permitting

Join the local Trappers Lake group of the Sierra Club for a 2.3 mile all ages hike on city-owned property on Emerald Mountain. Enjoy great views of West Steamboat and Sleeping Giant. Hike through meadows and small stands of scrub oak and look for spring wildflowers and wild edibles along the trail. The hike will be led by Nils Thunström, an avid backpacker, hiker and self-proclaimed outdoorsman. Participants will learn about outdoor safety, clothing and emergency day-hike items. Contact nilseboy@me.com for more information.