Public Lands Day Events

To commemorate Colorado’s first Public Lands Day, Wilderness Workshop is leading several events both in the Roaring Fork and Vail valleys.


Grizzly Creek Hike, Glenwood Canyon
Please pre-register for this hike

Free, public hike on Saturday, May 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The hike departs from Grizzly Creek Trailhead in Glenwood Canyon. Click here to see a map. We will convene in the parking lot (please park in the lot north of I-70, as the southern lot is meant for boaters), where we will serve coffee, juice and breakfast treats.

Conservation Director Will Roush will lead the group up the Grizzly Creek Trail for two to three miles of intermediate hiking. We will break for lunch and a brief discussion about public lands, current threats, and what you can do to protect them. We will provide light snacks but recommend you bring a lunch. We anticipate returning to the parking lot around 1:00 p.m.



Vail Events

***Schedule Change***
Due to the spring snowstorm in the valley, the Spraddle Creek hike scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Saturday has been postponed to 10 a.m. and now includes a coffee gathering with Lt. Governor Donna Lynne and Senator Kerry Donovan at the West Side Café in West Vail at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to meet the Lt. Governor and Senator Donovan and enjoy a conversation about our Public Lands, Wilderness and CO Public Lands Day.

For those still wishing to hike (or snowshoe!) Spraddle Creek proposed wilderness addition, we will begin the hike at 10 a.m., leaving from the West Side Café.  We will also offer the hike again in the near future. 

The John Fielder reception and book-signing at Colorado Mountain College will go forward as planned starting at 5:30. His photographic presentation: “Celebrating Eagle County Public Lands” starts at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.


9 AM – 2 PM: Hike Spraddle Creek Proposed Wilderness additionwith State Senator Kerry Donovan.
Please pre-register for this hike.

5:30 PM: John Fielder wine reception and book signing
Colorado Mountain College, Edwards

7:00 PM: “Celebrating Eagle County Public Lands”, a John Fielder photo presentation 

Colorado Mountain College, Edwards

Join us for a free guided hike into Spraddle Creek proposed addition to Eagle’s Nest

Wilderness Area at Vail. An important inclusion in the Continental Divide Recreation & Wilderness proposal, Spraddle Creek is a prime example of the value of protecting mid-elevation areas for wildlife habitat, water quality, and as a legacy for future generations. On this hike you’ll learn about the process of protecting our public lands and enjoy experiencing one of the few roadless areas left within the Vail Valley.

This area protects the fragile headwaters of Spraddle and Middle Creeks, which flow into Gore Creek, Vail’s water supply. The region is known to support populations of endangered Canadian lynx and Rocky Mountain goats. This moderate hike will be a meander through meadows, aspen and fir forests, with frequent stops to appreciate the views of Vail Mountain and marvel at the accessibility of such wildness. Expect about 4 miles of hiking over four hours including a leisurely lunch stop. Be prepared for two wet creek crossings and an elevation gain of about 1200 feet.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the North Lot parking area just east of the north roundabout at the main Vail exit. Please bring water, rain gear, personal first aid kit, and lunch. No pets allowed please. We will carpool to the trailhead from there.