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Posted on: April 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] May Day Opens Yampa River Botanic Park

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-April 29, 2020-April showers, or in our case, April snow showers, bring May flowers. But flowers aren’t the only thing blossoming for May Day as the Yampa River Botanic Park celebrates the changing of the seasons and its opening day Friday, May 1.

“While the start of the season will be quite different this year, we’re excited to open and provide an outdoor space for our community,” said Jennifer MacNeil, executive director of the Yampa River Botanic Park. “Our team has been hard at work to get the park ready and we ask when you visit to follow all public health guidelines.”

Those who plan on visiting the park this spring should be aware that additional public health and social distancing practices will be required in adherence to current state and local health orders.

  • Visitors over age 60 with underlying medical conditions are asked to postpone their visit to a later date until public health orders are lifted.
  • Visitors are asked to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering.
  • Visitors must use the provided sanitary wipes to open and close park gates and dispose of them in the provided trash receptacles.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be one way on the main trail, in a clockwise direction.
  • Please respect the health of others and practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Please cover coughs or sneezes into the sleeve or elbows; and not shake hands.
  • If you are sick, stay at home. 

Visitors not obeying by these rules will be reminded of them by staff and signs with this information will be posted at each entrance to the park. Also, before you enter the park, please understand that all bathrooms and water fountains are currently closed to the public due to health guidelines.

Once a sprawling horse pasture, the six-acre Yampa River Botanic Park is now home to more than 50 unique gardens, thousands of plant and animal species and hosts special events of all shapes and sizes. An innovative experiment in private/public partnerships, the Botanic Park is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk, through October 31.

For ongoing updates on the Park’s various summer programs and events, visit the website at, or find us on Facebook by searching Yampa River Botanic Park.


Jennifer MacNeil, Executive Director, Yampa River Botanic Park, 970.846.5172 or email
Emily Hines, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 970-871-7031 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

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