UPDATE: Governor Polis Officially Opens Fishers Peak State Park in Trinidad, CO
Today marks the soft opening of Fishers Peak State Park in Las Animas County – the last state park designation was in 2013. The soft opening today is another example of the Polis Administration leading the nation in wildlife and habitat conservation and ensuring that world-renowned outdoor recreation opportunities in our state meet the needs of many, remain sustainable and alleviate conflicts with wildlife.
Safeguarding our existing public land while also working to protect new places like Fishers Peak State Park is essential to protect 30 percent of our land and water as studies have recommended. Our way of life in Colorado depends on outdoor recreation and tourism and our new state park will help our state get back up and running.
WSCC Loves Colorado State Parks
And the Colorado General Assembly Should Too!
This legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly will consider Senate Bill 2020-003 – The I Love Colorado State Parks Act – addressing increased visitation at Colorado State Parks statewide while creating Colorado’s newest “crown jewel” state park at Fishers Peak Ranch.
There are two main components to SB 2020-003:
- Provide funding to support maintenance and improvements at State Parks we all know and love. Colorado State Parks are well-loved assets, but many have aging infrastructure in need of some TLC. As park visitation continues to increase across the state, Senate Bill 2020-003 will authorize funding for continuous maintanence at Colorado State Parks to increase visitor enjoyment.
- Create Colorado’s newest State Park at Fishers Peak Ranch near Trinidad. Funding will support the park’s master plan and critical infrastructure, including 23-miles of multi-use non-motorized trails, restrooms, picnic areas, ADA access, parking, wildlife viewing areas, and habitat improvements.
Click here to find your State Legislator and ask them to support SB20-003, the I Love Colorado State Parks Act!
SB20-003 in the News
Op-Ed in Denver Post by State Senator Leroy Garcia – Colorado State Parks are Struggling, but not for Long
Check out this video from Colorado Sierra Club featuring some of our friends from the conservation community across Colorado talking about the importance of this bill.