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MONTROSE, Colo. – Stage II fire bans, issued by five western Colorado counties, have been implemented at CrawfordNavajoPaonia,Ridgway and Sweitzer Lake State Parks. The Stage II fire restrictions, issued by Archuleta, Delta, Gunnison, Montrose and Ouray counties, prohibit wood or charcoal fires and limit cigarette smoking to inside vehicles or RVs. Compressed gas fires with an off switch are still allowed. Use of fireworks is always prohibited at Colorado State Parks.

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“We hope everyone understands just how bad the fire danger is and recognizes the necessity of the fire bans,” said Kurt Mill, Northwest Regional Co-Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We will be strictly enforcing these county fire bans at state parks.”

With the fire danger high across the state, new fire bans are possible. Mill recommended that anyone who is planning a cookout or camp fire at a state park call ahead or check the park web site to learn about fire restrictions that may be in place.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see: http://parks.state.co.us. To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

As 2011 comes to a close, gather your favorite photographic memories for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s “Best of 2011 at Colorado State Parks” photo contest. Entrants who are 18 years of age or older are invited to submit their photos of people enjoying their favorite state parks in all seasons and all outdoor recreational activities. Categories for entry include: Best of Winter, Best of Spring/Summer and Best of Fall.

Photo submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2012. On Feb. 8, 2012, five finalists from each category will be announced and posted on Colorado State Parks Facebook page. The public will then get one week to vote for their favorite photo. The photos receiving the most votes in each category by Feb.15, 2012 will win.

“We have so many beautiful state parks in Colorado and visitors who are passionate about their outdoor pursuits. It seems natural to let the visitors tell the story of their memorable experiences at state parks through their photo submissions,” said Gary Thorson, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Assistant Director.

The contest winners in each category will receive a 2012 Colorado State Parks annual pass, which provides entrance to all 42 state park locations, and a $50 Cabela’s Gift Card, courtesy of The Foundation for Colorado State Parks. Winning photos will also be featured on the Colorado State Parks website and may also be used in various marketing and promotional activities.

Photos must be taken at a Colorado State Park to qualify and all types of recreation are welcome, including people enjoying their favorite state park campsite, cabin or yurt. Photos will be judged on their content, composition, subject, relevance to Colorado State Parks, and originality. See complete Contest Rules and Conditions at http://www.parks.state.co.us/PhotoContest.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

 

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FIRESTONE, Colo.  – St. Vrain State Park has reopened the North Campground, including the Pelican, Sandpiper and Mallard Loops. The campground was closed Friday as a precaution because heavy rains have caused flooding along the St.Vrain River, but the river levels have dropped, said St. Vrain State Park Manager Kathy Seiple.

“We chose to be cautious about the potential for flooding, but the river level has dropped significantly and the North Campground is open again for visitors to use,” said Seiple.  St. Vrain State Park is located near Interstate 25 in southwest Weld County and the campground is popular with travelers. Colorado State Parks’ reservation staff and the staff at St. Vrain, contacted people with reservations for Friday to explain the situation, said Seiple.

Colorado State Parks get everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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