Governor Hickenlooper has now made the third Saturday in May a holiday in Colorado to celebrate public lands.
Tuesday he signed Senate Bill 16-021 making Public Lands Day an annual celebration that will begin in 2017. It passed with bipartisan support in both the house and senate.
According to Conservation Colorado, Colorado has 4 million acres of national public lands, including mountains, deserts, forests, and grasslands.
The outdoor recreation economy generates $13.2 billion per year and supports 125,000 direct jobs in the state.
To celebrate the new law there will be a hike and happy hour Wednesday, May 17.
PUBLIC LANDS DAY HIKE
Celebrating the signing of Senate Bill 21
Wednesday, May 18
Devil’s Canyon Trailhead – 2:30 p.m.
Happy hour to follow at Copper Club Brewery
5:30 p.m. – local beer and snacks