Colorado Parks and Wildlife again invites the public to head to State Forest State Park Feb. 11, for the next Full Moon Open House, a fun, wintertime night hike, beginning at dusk. If you missed the last event, you still have a chance to enjoy traveling along snow-packed trails with your friends and family, surrounded by beautiful landscapes illuminated by bright, lunar light from a big full moon.
State Forest State Park, considered one of Colorado's most scenic natural areas, straddles the borders of Larimer and Jackson Counties along the peaks of the Medicine Bow mountain range. Due to it's remote location far from city lights, it's a great venue for nocturnal fun.
"We had a great turnout at the last event in January and we expect even more next week," said Park Interpreter Jennifer Greis. "People told us they loved the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a little nocturnal fun and adventure."
To add to the ambiance, everyone gets free glow-in-the-dark jewelry to wear, and glowsticks will line the paths. In addition, hikers can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the Chocolate Cabin as they trek along the trail.
Participants are reminded to arrive at the Moose Visitor Center at dusk, to dress warmly, bring snowshoes or skis and a warm potluck item for sharing with other participants.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their own snowshoes; however, the park will have a limited supply available for rental. Snowshoe rental reservations are recommended.
The event is free but every vehicle must have a valid park pass, available at the Moose Visitor Center.
Dog owners can bring their pets, but due to possible encounters with moose, they are required to keep dogs on a leash at all times or consider leaving them at home.
For more information, contact State Forest State Park at 970-723-8366, or visit www.cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/stateforest.
Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife's State Forest State Park
What: Full Moon Open House
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, at dusk
Where: State Forest State Park, Moose Visitor Center