Public Lands Day launches in Colorado on May 20 with 95 events for history-making holiday

Author: Joey Bunch - May 10, 2017 - Updated: July 31, 2017

The first Public Lands Day for Colorado (or any other state in the nation) is coming up on May 20 with 95 events and special brews from Denver and Boulder to Grand Junction and Durango.

The events get a preview Friday when the Nederland folk rock band Elephant Revival is leading a #TrailRevival in Boulder County with the band, and those who share stuff about Public Lands Day on social media could win tickets to the band’s show at Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 21.

Here are the details about the contest.

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, got the special day on the calendar for the third Saturday in May each year during the 2016 legislative session to recognize the value of Colorado’s public lands, which have since become a hot political topic on the Utah and national levels, as well.

Donovan will be greeting constituents and visitors at High Alpine Brewery at 5 p.m. in Gunnison.

Speaking of breweries, if you love beer and the outdoors, this is the holiday for you.

Brew pubs across the state, from Boulder to Durango, will be offering special brews and some discounts for the day. Revelers can get their fill of Spruce Almighty at the Broken Compass Brewing Co. in Breckenridge or a Monument Red Ale to celebrate the Colorado National Monument at Kannah Creek Brewing Co. in Grand Junction.

Six brew pubs in Durango are participating, and the city will host a party and live music at the Powerhouse Science Center at 6 p.m. on May 20.

Conservation Colorado’s map with events around the state is available here.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, who signed Donovan’s bill into law last year, will be celebrate in Western Colorado, appearing at noon that day on the main stage of the Grand Junction Off-Road Bike Race, in conjunction with Public Lands Day.

At 5 p.m. in Golden, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter will discuss the future of public lands as an opening act, of sorts, for Elephant Revival. The free event is at the American Mountaineering Center.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.