Barr Lake State Park joins two other Colorado State Parks, Castlewood Canyon and Roxborough, in achieving Leave No Trace Gold Standard, which encourages and educates visitors on respecting the outdoors by minimizing the impact of their visits.

The park was created in 1977 when there was not really a lot to do around the area. Now visitors can come and hunt, fish, hike, bike and a lot more.

Barr Lake is larger than Cherry Creek and Chatfield Reservoir.

Leave No Trace’s Gold Standard Sites should meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates successful implementation of Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics into management, programming, outreach and education efforts at the site.
  • Formally trains staff and community partners in Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.
  • Includes Leave No Trace language and messaging on signs at trailheads, visitor centers and campgrounds as well as in pamphlets, maps and other distributed materials for visitors.
  • Facilitates Leave No Trace interpretive programs including ranger talks, campfire events and trail outings for visitors.


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