By Lisa Young
Camping at Crawford State Park is open to the public beginning May 13 after being shut-down due to COVID-19.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife stated in a press release, that they “want campers to enjoy their time outdoors but remind everyone that social distancing must continue and that guidelines provided by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control must be followed.”
“We’re pleased that campgrounds are open, but our top priority is the safety of our guests and staff,” said Cory Chick, CPW’s Southwest regional manager. “The reopening will closely abide by health department and CDC recommendations.”
Paonia State Park, located in Gunnison County, roughly 45 minutes north of Crawford remains closed to camping due to the county’s continued closure order.
The Paonia park campgrounds are tentatively scheduled to open May 27. Campers with prior reservations will be refunded in two payments. One for the camping fee and one for the reservation fee.
Camping at Colorado State Parks is by reservation only. Reservations and additional campground information can be found at cpwshop.com. The reservation phone number is 1-800-244-5613.
Campers should be aware that bathrooms are open at the park; but showers, laundry and other group facilities will remain closed. Visitors Centers are not open. Campers can call the park office for information.
According to the CPW press release, it is advised that you only camp with members of your household. Individuals must maintain a six-foot distance from other individuals, including park staff, in the campground. A mask should be worn in public areas or when close to others in the campground. If you or any member of your family is feeling ill, none of you should go to a state park campground.
Campers are also advised by the CPW to bring your own food from your local grocery store; don’t plan on going out to eat at a local restaurant. Bring hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies, keep a clean camp and pack out your own trash and do not invite others into your camp; give them a wave, a smile and a healthy hello from a distance.
Check for park updates at CPW’s COVID-19 information page at cpw.state.co.us
For more information about camping at Crawford State Park, call: 970-921-5721.