RBC I The latest blast of cold and snow may place camping low on the New Year’s priority list. However, Colorado Parks and Wildlife suggests now is the best time to plan a spring or summer getaway at Colorado State Parks.
“Parks located on the plains such as Jackson Lake, John Martin, Lathrop, North Sterling and Trinidad, usually have moderate weather in early spring,” said CPW Reservations Coordinator Mercedes Schwall. “Our most popular camping sites fill up six months in advance, so planning now could get vacationers a prime camping spot.”
Camping is good for your health too, according to a study by University of Colorado – Boulder researcher Kenneth Wright, PhD.
The CU Boulder release stated spending just one week exposed only to natural light while camping in the Rocky Mountains was enough to synch the circadian clocks of eight people participating in the study, meaning less differences between morning people and night people.
Harmonizing circadian clocks isn’t the only way camping can help.
“Getting outdoors improves my mood and helps manage stress,” said CPW Parks and Outdoor Recreation Assistant Director Ken Brink. “Camping at Crawford, James M Robb, Mancos, Navajo and Yampa or any of the other state parks gives our family a place to socialize and engage in new adventures.”
Brink added that getting your reservation on the family calendar early ensures summer fun is scheduled instead of hoped for. Plan a getaway this spring or summer at any of the more than 3,900 campsites and 50 cabins and yurts located throughout the state at elevations ranging from approximately 3,800 to 9,400 feet.
Campers can check out all the options at cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/ParkMap.aspx
Camping fees range from $10 – $26, not including the reservation fee and park pass. Every vehicle entering the park, including RVs and towed vehicles, must have a parks pass for each day. Annual parks passes are $70, daily parks passes are $8 to $9. Visit our website or ask for detailed information at 303-297-1192.
Campground amenities at many parks include restrooms, full-electrical hookups and shower facilities. Many parks also offer campsites or cabins for large groups. Almost 300 campsites are ADA accessible.
Call 303-470-1184 or learn more at cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages /Reservations.aspx.