Northern Colorado public land agencies remind everyone to #recreateresponsibly as wildfire risks are expected to continue year-round amid the rising temperatures, sustained drought and windy conditions that Colorado communities have seen in recent months.

Following the Marshall Fire and other recent wildfires along the Front Range, public land managers remind visitors to recreate responsibly and exercise extreme caution to prevent wildfires. With visitation expected to increase significantly over the coming months, visitors should consider several critical “know before you go” guidelines before visiting public lands:

  • Know fire regulations that apply to the area you plan to visit. Officials will issue citations to anyone who violates fire regulations meant to protect shared public lands and visitors.

  • Know the current fire risk. Check all fire restrictions and fire bans instituted by local authorities and public land managers.

  • Create a plan. Look at the weather forecast. Download a trail map and carry a print map. Create a plan for adverse weather or emergencies, such as fires and floods. Know where you are going and consider alternative routes you can take to leave the area. Access public land websites – including Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) – to view critical advisories and trail maps.

  • Charge your phone. Make sure your phone is charged in case you need assistance or there is an emergency. But remember: Cell service may be extremely limited in mountain locations.

  • Pack for changing conditions. Bring enough food and water. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

  • Don’t take unnecessary risks. Consider not visiting public lands during adverse weather conditions.

  • Stay alert when on the trail. Be aware of your surroundings. Always stay focused on what’s in front and around you as the outdoors are changing environments and natural hazards may be present. Call 911 if there is an emergency, such as a fire starting or if you see smoke. Try to text 911 if you don’t have enough cell service to get a phone call through.

Northern Colorado Public Land Media Contacts:

  • Vivienne Jannatpour, Boulder County Parks & Open Space, 303-678-6277

  • Cyndi Karvaski, City and County of Denver Parks & Recreation, 303-819-0111

  • Matt Robbins, Jefferson County Open Space, 303-271-5902

  • Korrie Johnston, Larimer County Natural Resources, 970-619-4561

  • Kyle Patterson, Rocky Mountain National Park, 970-586-1363

  • Jason Clay, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 303-291-7234

  • Reid Armstrong, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, 970-222-7607