MANCOS, Colo. - Mancos State Park is ready for a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend. There are a few sites still available for Friday night and Sunday night. But, the park is open for day use every day. The courtesy dock is now open at the boat ramp and you are welcome to launch your boats for a fun day of boating. The pre-launch boat inspection station is open and will inspect your boats for aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Help to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels and other ANS by keeping your boat "Clean, Drained, and Dry."
Mancos State Park rents pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks by the half day or full day. They also sell firewood at the entrance station. Fishing licenses and park passes are also available for purchase at the park entrance. A day use or annual pass is required on all vehicles, daily passes are $7 per vehicle and annual passes vary in price. Be sure to bring your own fishing bait. The fishing has been very good for rainbow trout and yellow perch.
Mancos State Park will have regular Interpretive Programs throughout the summer, starting this weekend. The programs for this weekend include:
Saturday May 26
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. BUTTERFLIES!!
It's butterfly time, learn about butterflies flying and flitting about right now, we'll watch, chase, catch and release the butterflies we find while finding out how they live and some of their secrets too. A family fun event. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Nets will be provided. Led by park naturalist, Carol Bylsma. Meet at Chicken Creek Trail Head.
4 - 5 p.m. WILD Games
WILD Games are always fun and informative too. We play games about wildlife and their habitat. There's never a dull moment, good exercise for children and the young-at-heart too. Meet at the Amphitheater.
7- 8 p.m. Concert: The Assortment
Not to be missed! The Assortment Band from Durango plays it all: folk, blues, country, rock more. Both original and old favorites.
Beginning Thursday June 7, Mancos will have a "Discover Nature for Toddlers" series from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring your 3-5 year olds for an hour of nature fun in the park. This program will meet every Thursday through Aug. 30.
Park Naturalist, Carol Bylsma, has also scheduled monthly discovery walks on Fridays throughout the summer. Check with the park for times. These include: "Wildflowers and More," "Let's Go Birding," "Forgotten Pollinators" and "Doggie Day Hike."
Every Saturday throughout the summer at 1:30 p.m., join Carol for a walk in the park to discover the butterflies that are also enjoying the park! WILD games will be a regular Saturday afternoon, 4 p.m., fun event for the entire family. Every Saturday evening, usually starting at 7 p.m., there will be an evening program or concert in the amphitheater. Please visit the state parks website http://www.parks.state.co.us
and click on the "calendar" page to find out more about these fun programs. You may also call Mancos State Park, 970-533-7065, or the Dolores Park office, 970-882-2213, to get more details.
Have a safe and fun-filled Memorial Day weekend and the park looks forward to seeing you visit this summer.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado's state parks, please see: http://parks.state.co.us
. To learn more about Colorado's wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us