Week-Long Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic Tournament Begins June 23

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Anglers of all ages, novice or expert, should begin planning now to participate in Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Third Annual Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic, June 23-July 1. The week-long fishing tournament at Elkhead Reservoir State Park near Craig offers great fun, great fishing and $4,500 in cash plus $4,500 in prizes.

GOCO “Generation Wild” Campaign Encourages Outdoor Activities for Kids

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Because so many kids today are over-scheduled, over-screened and over-protected - and spending as little as 4-7 minutes outside each day - the Generation Wild campaign is a movement to change this dynamic by inspiring kids (and moms) to get outside more often, letting their imaginations and curiosity run wild. 

Mancos State Park Closes Some Camp Sites, Hiking Trails

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To guard against the exceptionally high fire risk in the area, Mancos State Park has closed portions of the facility for hiking and camping that are adjacent to the San Juan National Forest. The national forest is under Stage 3 fire restrictions and is closed to public access.

The main areas of the park remain open, including the main campground, the group picnic area and the boat ramp. Anglers can still launch boats onto the reservoir. Two yurts are available to rent. Fishing is allowed from the dam along the remainder of the shoreline on the south side of the reservoir.

Ranger Station - Park rangers have plenty of war stories to tell around a campfire

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When you visit a Colorado State Park this summer, do more than simply as a park ranger for directions to the firewood or for tips on good hikes in the park.

Ask a ranger to tell you some war stories. Ask for their "you had to be there" stories.
The things they can tell you - the funny, scary, heart-wrenching encounters they've experienced on the job - will be more frightening than any ghost story you might swap with friends around your campfire that night.

Here are a couple of mine.