COVID-19 Closures/Restrictions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the Pikes Peak region’s outdoor recreation destinations have restrictions or closures. This page is to help you “Know Before you Go” by providing updates to inform you before you head out the door. Because this situation is rapidly changing, please check with the local land manager before you head out just in case what we post here has been changed.

As of March 26, 2020, Colorado is under a Stay At Home Order that extends (at the time of this writing) through April 26, 2020. Although outdoor recreation is encouraged for residents’ physical and mental wellbeing, as the virus is rapidly spreading the Governor’s advice has changed a bit to encourage getting outdoors close to home, in our own neighborhoods, as opposed to traveling any distance to enjoy the outdoors. The CDC guidelines of social distancing and wearing a face covering, such as a homemade mask, also apply when enjoying the outdoors during this Stay At Home Order. These guidelines are temporary as we all do our part to stop the spread.

PPORA recommends the following:

  • Check for closures and restrictions before heading out. See the listings below from local land managers.
  • Find the “trail less traveled” – not one where tons of people are congregating.
    Use PikesPeakOutdoors.org, or
    COTREX – an app through Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Maintain social distancing of 6-feet even in the outdoors
  • Go only with immediate family or those in your home – this is not the time to go with or meet friends
  • Stay local – now is not the time to go to small mountain communities, and we have plenty of places to disperse locally
  • Nothing extreme – now is not the time for extreme outdoor activity, as our heath care systems don’t need additional stress

The information below is meant to serve as a resource for residents as you consider how and where to recreate during this pandemic.

USFS Pikes Peak Ranger District, Pike and San Isabel National Forests

The Pikes Peak Ranger District is providing virtual services only at this time. Please contact the office via phone if you have an urgent matter.

Park Passes – Please go to USGS.gov to get your Pass as our office is currently closed to the public.

According to Samantha Gooch, Recreation Planner for the US Forest Service Pikes Peak Ranger District: “As of June 1st, our [Forest Service] campgrounds, picnic areas and reservoirs are open. Our 2 group campgrounds are not opening this season.”

To know before you go, check out the Forest Service Interactive Fire Restriction Map

You can find all current alerts and closures for Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) at this LINK

COVID-19 Update – 10/23/20 

Below are some frequently asked questions we have been receiving from the public.

Updated 10/23/2020: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has amended its Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors public health order to limit personal gatherings in all counties at all Safer at Home levels. The revised order reduces the size of personal gatherings to no more than 10 people from no more than two separate households.

  • To see specific county health orders, visit: Colorado Counties Safer at Home Map
  • The amended public health order does not apply to counties that are currently at the Protect Our Neighbors level. Local governments in these counties may continue to determine gathering limits as they see fit.
    • All Coloradans are strongly encouraged to limit gatherings.
  • For county fire restrictions, visit: Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Fire Bans and Danger Page
  • Big Game License Refunds – Under the Director’s Disaster Relief authority, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will allow big-game license holders requesting a COVID-19 related refund to receive both a monetary refund and preference point restoration (with limitations). See details about COVID-19 Big Game License Refunds
  • Statewide Mask Requirements – Governor Polis has issued Executive Order D 2020-164, extending the required use of non-medical facial coverings/masks in public indoor spaces statewide for all individuals aged 11 or older, effective August 14. Read more about the Statewide Mask Requirements

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El Paso County Parks

COVID 19 UPDATE

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

  • Pavilion capacity is limited (see link below for exact details on pavilion capacity)
  • Playgrounds remain open for use with no more than 25 people at a time.
  • Organized recreational youth or adult league sports activities remain the same with no more than 25 players.
  • Parents may attend youth sports activities but must remain 6 feet apart from non-household members. Spectators are strongly discouraged for adult sports. Permit required through El Paso County Parks for organized sports.
  • Park users are highly encouraged to practice social distancing of 6 feet or more and wear masks while enjoying the County parks, trails, and open spaces.

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Manitou Springs

Last Updated: 7/28/2020

  • Updated January 1, 2021
    City Hall – Open, Reduced Staffing and Open by Appointment Only
  • Memorial Hall – (private events, contact the City’s Event Coordinator Meghan Weissfor more information)
  • Board Meetings and Commissions – TBD
  • Aquatics and Recreation Center  – Open! Visit our websitefor reservations!
  • The Incline – Closed until further notice

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Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Services

COVID-19 Response

Last Updated: 1/4/2021

As of Monday, Jan. 4, El Paso County is in Level Orange on the state’s dial framework(link is external). While our county is at this level, several operational changes have been made at our facilities and to our programming.

  • Pioneers Museum open, online reservations(link is external) strongly encouraged
  • Community centers renting space at a limited capacity, serving as e-learning sites and providing outdoor food distribution services as scheduled
  • Therapeutic Recreation Program offering virtual and in-person programming for small groups
  • Sertich Ice Center operating public skating for 25 people or less per room, same applies for private lessons
  • Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain(link is external) highway open to the summit, weather pending; call 719-385-7325 for the latest conditions
  • Patty Jewett Bar & Grill open daily 9 a.m. to close, offering indoor and outdoor dining and takeout; golf tee time reservations and payment available online only
  • Valley Hi Grill & Pub open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., offering indoor dining, takeout and delivery; golf tee time reservations and payment available online only
  • Outdoor sport facilities renting to groups with less than 10
  • Permits for outdoor guided services and entertainment allow for a maximum of 10 people per group
  • Permits for outdoor special events (like Skate in the Park at Acacia Park) allow a maximum of 75 people
  • Pavilion rentals closed

Parks, trails, open spaces, outdoor playgrounds and sport courts remain open for use. Interaction in these areas should be limited to those within your household and 6 feet of physical distancing should be maintained between groups. For the current status of various facilities, programs and services, please visit the respective web pages.

Additional reminder:

Please stay away from these public spaces if you or anyone in your family group is feeling ill or showing symptoms.

Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during and after use of parks or trails. Bring hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands if soap and water are not available.

Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from members of other households at all times. In many cases, especially on trails, this may mean creating a single-file line. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or depart that space.

Wear a mask when possible.

While on trails, warn other users of your presence before you pass, and step aside to let others pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.

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Woodland Park, Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 Response FAQ

Last Updated: 11/16/2020

Effective Monday, November 16, 2020 at 5:00PM, additional state restrictions that will go into place include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people from no more than two (2) households.
  • Restaurants may operate at 25% (down from 50%) of posted occupancy indoors, not to exceed 50 people, excluding staff.
  • Houses of worship and indoor events may operate at 25% (down from 50%) of posted occupancy indoors, not to exceed 50 people, per room.
  • Outdoor events may operate at 25% (down from 50%) of posted occupancy not to exceed 75 (down from 175) people, whichever is less.
  • Other commercial businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, may operate at 25% of posted occupancy indoors, unless they are otherwise designated as essential.

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Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation

Last Updated: 11/16/2020

  • Teller County COVID Level has been set to Orange as of 5:00 p.m. November 16th. Many city offices are temporarily closed.  Please call the individual office to verify if they are open before visiting.
  • The Transit Department is currently closed.  The transit route has been temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors throughout the city.

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Canon City

Last Updated: 1/11/2021

  • Cañon City is currently at Level Orange: High Risk on the State of Colorado “Dial” COVID-19 Framework as of 12:00 am, Friday, December 4, 2020.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a dial framework to help local governments and Coloradans navigate and apply safety guidance throughout the pandemic.

In response to the continued rise in COVID-19 case rates, test positivity, and hospitalizations the Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment along with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is moving Fremont County to Level Orange: High Risk. The Emergency Public Health Order will go into effect at 12:00 am Friday, December 4, 2020, and will remain in effect for 30 days unless extended.

  • Due to COVID exposure, construction on the water main installation on Central Avenue between 15th Street and Phelps Avenue is unexpectedly delayed at least seven (7) days. Our apologies–thank you for your continued patience.
  • Due to COVID exposure, construction on the water main installation on Central Avenue between 15th Street and Phelps Avenue is unexpectedly delayed at least seven (7) days. Our apologies–thank you for your continued patience.

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Operators

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from recreators and fellow employees, except in cases where it is unsafe to maintain that distance.
  • Wear face coverings as much as possible, especially during staging and disembarking operations. Where safe, wear face coverings during trip operations.
  • Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible and encourage sick employees to use the CDPHE Symptom Tracker.
  • Employees who have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work for 14 days after exposure and get tested.
  • Employees who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms must  not come to work and get tested.
  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at work should immediately notify their supervisor and be separated from others, sent home, and referred to state or company support services and get tested.
  • Conduct staging operations, such as customer check-ins and end-of-trip operations, outdoors with members of different households spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Provide contactless payment or prepayment options whenever possible
  • Encourage reservations, and preferably require reservations, if feasible. This will aid in notification efforts in case there is an exposure to COVID-19.
  • Limit the number of people inside a facility to no more than 10 at one time, at a maximum of 50% occupancy, maintaining 6 feet between parties, or follow retail or restaurant guidance where applicable.
  • Post signs for employees and recreators outlining good hygiene and safety measures being taken. Signs should include easy-to-interpret graphics and be in languages customers will understand. (CDC examples)
  • Encourage hand washing. Direct  customers to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Limit smaller vehicles/crafts (jeeps, rafts) to up to two household units and up to 10 people, not including guides. (A household unit is a family or group that lives  together.) Where a distance of 6 feet can be ensured between household units, more than two households per vehicle/craft are permitted.
  • Disinfect all equipment used by participants , as well as equipment used commonly by other recreators in between each trip (including paddles, P.F.D.s, rafts, jeep/bus/train seats, saddles, handles/handlebars).  (CDC guidance)
  • Vehicle windows should be kept open at all times when transporting patrons during tours. If inclement weather means extended time in an enclosed vehicle, then the tour should be rescheduled.
  • Curtail ancillary services, such as food preparation, or adjust practices to limit human-to-human contact and contact with shared items.
  • Competitive events such as races and endurance events are allowed as long as social distancing and limitations on group size can be maintained, including implementation of staggered start times, efforts to prevent gatherings at starts and finishes, so that no more than 10 people are gathered at a time.

Participants

  • When possible,  avoid using grocery stores, gas stations etc. in the communities you visit to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across communities. Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed supplies in your home community.
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from members of other households at all times, except in cases where it is unsafe to maintain that distance.
  • Wear face coverings during check-in, staging, transportation to and from activity if in a shared vehicle, as well as during end-of-trip disembarking activities.
  • Follow company guidelines on whether/what kind of face cover to safely use during trips. Check local regulations before travel.
  • Bring hand sanitizers or soap and water..
  • If you or anyone in your party is sick, stay home and rebook. For COVID-19, understand how long you need to quarantine (if exposed) or isolate (if ill) before you rebook. covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-in-colorado/about-covid-19/isolation-and-quarantine

Large-scale facilities need local approval

Because of the unique environments of large scale facilities, they require

  • Scenic trains should submit plans for safe operation to all Local Public Health Agencies in the counties in which they operate for approval. If approved by all relevant counties, they may run with members of different households sitting at least 6 feet apart per car, and they should have appropriate sanitation and mitigation measures in place.
  • Ski resorts may open on-mountain and lift/gondola operations to provide access to outdoor recreation (lift access for downhill mountain biking, lift sightseeing activities, climbing walls, mountain coasters, ropes courses, adventure parks, zip lines, etc.) if they develop plans for safe operation and secure approval from the Local Public Health Agencies in the counties in which they operate.
  • Outdoor recreation entertainment activities at stand-alone sites for ziplines, ropes courses, outdoor artificial climbing walls, or adventure centers not affiliated with ski resorts may operate if they develop plans for safe operation and secure approval from the Local Public Health Authorities in the counties in which they operate.