Colorado Public Lands Day and Leadville Community Clean-Up

Colorado Public Lands Day and Leadville Community Clean-Up

Hosted by Headwaters of the Arkansas Watershed Group

Lake County and Leadville Community Clean-up

Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands within the state. From now on, the third Saturday in May will be known as Colorado Public Lands Day and will celebrate the significant contributions these lands have to our state and lifestyle. The Colorado Public Lands Day bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper May 2016.

Colorado Public Lands DayLeadville and Lake County will celebrate the first ever Colorado Public Lands Day with a Leadville Community Clean-up on May 20th.

Public lands are crucial to our way of life and economy in Colorado. They are a defining part of our heritage, identity, and unique lifestyles. Colorado Public Lands Day is intended to encourage all Coloradans to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled public lands. Colorado public lands are vital resources providing clean water, protection of wildlife habitat, and offer vast recreational opportunities— much of which can be accessed for free.

Colorado Public Lands and Leadville Community Clean-up day posterOn May 20th at 10AM, teams of volunteers will meet at various sites around Lake County or at the Colorado Mountain College Leadville campus gazebo to be assigned to a random group. The Leadville Community Clean-up event will take place from 10AM – 3PM.

The “After Party” will be held at Colorado Mountain College Leadville from 3:30PM – 6PM and will feature a live band, beer garden sponsored by Periodic Brewing, prizes, food, drinks and more. The first 200 volunteers will receive a participant packet which will include swag from our sponsors. Top prizes include ski passes, backpacking and camping gear, bike gear, children’s bikes, river gear, fitness gear, sunglasses, goggles, gift certificates and more.

There are several related, local events also on May 20 coordinated together to increase local impact. Currently over 30 groups are committed to helping and around 200 individuals are expected to participate in the Leadville Community Clean-up. Here’s a list of other local events to participate in!

  1. Residential trash pick-up – Lifetime Fitness is providing vehicles, trailers and labor to help residents of Lake County who need a little extra help with residential trash pick-up on May 20th. Email for details.
  2. A local car donation event is being coordinated with KUNC public radio on May 20th.
  3. West Park Playground grand opening celebration and clean-up event around the elementary school on May 20.
  4. Lake County Public Schools Community Clean-up event on May 22nd.

To register as a Leadville Community Clean-Up volunteer on May 20th please email Learn more about this wonderful community event on the Leadville CO Public Lands Day & Community Clean Up Facebook page.

Headwaters of the Arkansas Watershed Group (HAWG)The Headwaters of the Arkansas Watershed Group (HAWG) is committed to working hard to restore and maintain a healthy watershed.  Being located at the headwaters of a major river system, it is vitally important to protect our land and water resources to limit impacts on downstream users.  A clean community not only reduces human caused environmental impacts, it increases economic prosperity and leads to local pride and enhanced quality of life.   The vast majority of space in Lake County is composed of Public Lands, US Forest Service lands, BLM lands, County owned lands and State Lands are the major components.  These spaces provide numerous recreational opportunities, respite for vast amounts of wildlife, and intrinsic scenic and aesthetic value.  For a better breakdown of the full value of public lands visit

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