Give thanks for nature on Fresh Air Friday

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busy winter holiday season, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites people to escape the stress of shopping and planning to spend time outdoors on trails. On Nov. 27, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to offer free entry to all 42 Colorado state parks on Fresh Air Friday.

This year marks the 6th annual Fresh Air Friday event that encourages people to take some time over Thanksgiving weekend to create new outdoor memories and live life outside. A Fresh Air Friday celebration can be as big or as small of an outdoor adventure as you choose. To begin planning your outdoor experience, visit the Colorado state park finder or use the free Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) mobile app to discover local parks, trail systems and open spaces.

CPW requires state park visitors to follow COVID-19 community health guidelines and encourages people to practice Care for Colorado – Leave No Trace principles, such as:

  • Know before you go- check the COVID dial and Public Health Order in your county and visit individual park pages to learn about park closures.

  • Recreate and socialize with your household only.

  • Spread out on trails and maintain a social distance from others.

  • Wear a face mask indoors and outdoors where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

  • Wash hands often and bring hand sanitizer.

  • Pack out all your trash.

Visitors should be aware that Nov. 27 is a state employee furlough day and some park visitor centers may not be open or fully staffed. Enforcement personnel will be patrolling the parks but some visitor services may be limited.

Throughout the year, CPW offers family-friendly activities, fun-filled adventures and opportunities to learn and try new things at all of our state parks. Visit the CPW Event Calendar to find a Fresh Air Friday activity near you. Please call the park visitor center ahead of your visit for hours, closures or other information.

For more information on state parks, trails, winter camping and other ideas for celebrating #FreshAirFridayCO, visit