Get Outside – Fun, Educational Events

Fun, educational events scheduled for Mancos State Park


MANCOS, Colo. – Summer is winding down but Mancos State Park is still offering a variety of family-friendly and fun, educational events and programs during the next three weekends

“Spend more time with your family and friends, whether it be outside, hunting, at the shooting range or around the table, savoring all life has to offer.” MM

Saturday (Aug. 20):
10 a.m. – Youngsters can earn their Colorado State Parks Junior Ranger badge by participating in a variety of fun activities. Meet at the group picnic area near the park entrance.

7 p.m. – Historian Mark Woodrow will give a program explaining the ancient cultures of southwest Colorado and how they changed from hunter-gatherers to farmers. He’ll also talk about pre-Puebloan Basketmakers (1500 BCE – 500 AD) and how they got their name. He will also display artifacts of the area. Meet at the park’s amphitheater.

Aug. 27:
10 a.m. – Youngsters can earn a Colorado State Parks Junior Ranger badge by participating in a variety of fun activities. Meet at the group picnic area near the park entrance.
8 p.m. – Join the “Star Party” with astronomy expert John Buting. He’ll provide a program on the wonders of the night sky. This is a great program for kids.

Sept. 3, Labor Day Weekend:
10 a.m. – Join the park rangers for a nature walk to learn about wildlife, plants, insects and aquatic life. Youngsters can also earn their Junior Ranger badge by participating. Please bring a hat, sunscreen and good walking shoes. Meet at the entrance station.
6:30 p.m. – Storyteller “Mancos” John Pfeiffer will tell tales of Mancos and beyond.

The park events are free. Entrance to the park is $7 per car; an annual pass costs $70. Mancos State Park is located on Montezuma County Road 42 north of the town of Mancos.

For more information about the park, call 970-882-2213. To make camping reservations: call 1-800-678-2267, or see the campground reservation section of the Colorado Parks and Reservation website, Camping is open year around at the park. Two yurts are also available for rent.

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