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. 
  • North Catamount and South Catamount Reservoir Closure: Due to dam repairs being completed by Colorado Springs Utilities the North Catamount and South Catamount Reservoirs are closed for 2024 and 2025. Visit, South Catamount Dam Rehabilitation Project (