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By receiving this highest standard of recognition, Gold Standard Sites are exemplary models, encouraging other public lands to ensure that Leave No Trace education is part of everyone’s experience when spending time outdoors. Learn more about what it means to be a Gold Standard Site here.


2024 Season Updates

  • Crystal Creek Reservoir will open May 1st, weather permitting 
  • $1 Daily Entry Permits will be required in addition to entry fees.
  • Daily Entry Permits are available for purchase online and can be purchased at the Gateway day of your visit if not sold out. 
  • Please note, the South Catamount Reservoir is closed for the 2024-2025 seasons for a dam rehabilitation project. North Catamount Reservoir remains open to the public via hike-in access from the Catamount Recreation Area Trailhead in Teller County. Visit South Catamount Dam Rehabilitation Project for more information.