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Take A Hike — a  “gratitude” hike that is…

A winter hike. Photo by Jonas Denil on unsplash.com

This holiday season, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) says it welcomes community members to find health, happiness, peace, and tranquility in Colorado’s beautiful state parks. An often hectic holiday season is upon us, yet many days of “Banana Belt” weather are still left.

That makes December a great time to get some fresh air and exercise before trading boots and bikes for snowshoes and skis. It’s a time for expressing our gratitude for all the wonders of nature that surround us.

CPW has an interactive map of Colorado’s State Parks which are located primarily west of the I-25 corridor, all the way to our north, south, and western state borders.

Close at hand, based in Salida at 307 West Sackett Ave., the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is a landmark cooperative effort between Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

The AHRA has a wide variety of trails for every outdoor enthusiast, from the hiker to the to mountain biker and OHV rider. They offer information, an online brochure, and map and other advice on how to safely enjoy the great outdoors.

Can I use my e-Bike?

Not just a concern along our highways, wildlife roam our parks and residential streets. CPW photo

It seems that e-bikes are everywhere these days, both on the street and on trails. They range in size, type and speed and often are carrying cargo and children. With rules of etiquette still being socialized, common courtesy is a must. CPW has some reminders about what’s permissible with e-bikes on lands that they manage.

Also remember, wildlife are on the move throughout the year, both out in the county and even in the urban-wildlife corridor of our local cities, towns and rivers.

An e-bike may startle wildlife much more suddenly than an approaching hiker, so being alert and aware before approaching will reduce your risk of an accident.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife e-Store. Image courtesy CPW

Gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife e-Store is stocked with hats, clothing, stickers, stuffed animals, books, DVDs and so much more — there’s gifts for everyone on your list.

Starting Cyber Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, all Colorado Parks and Wildlife 125th Anniversary branded items (clothing, hats, pins and stickers) are 30 percent off.

Featured image: Rabbit in winter. Photo courtesy CPW