Enjoying the great outdoors while lulled under the hypnotic spell of cannabis can be quite an experience. Unfortunately, some of Colorado’s best attractions are located on federal land. This includes several prominent campsites, as well as our state’s world-famous ski resorts.
So can you bring your cannabis on federal property? The short answer is a resounding no. Federal lands fall under federal laws, and marijuana is currently illegal at the federal level.
But the answer gets a bit more complicated when discussing federal lands located within legal states. Consider, too, that Colorado is roughly 40 percent federal land. Even though the Centennial State was the first to legalize recreational pot, it’s still illegal to possess and consume across nearly half the state.
The long answer is – it’s complicated. Sure, you could take the risk. After all, if you’re camping or hiking in a federal forest, chances are you’re miles from the nearest ranger station. And it’s not as if these federal employees patrol the woods looking for pot smokers. They have bigger concerns, like preventing wildfires and rescuing rookies stuck on mountaintops.
There are, however, legal ways to get elevated while still getting the most out of your outing on federal land.
- Stay in 420-Friendly Lodging, then consume offsite, travel onsite.
With CannabisTours you can consume worry-free in one of our 420 Hotels, then make a day-trip to the beautiful land in Colorado. And the line between federal and state boundaries isn’t entirely set in stone. You could, theoretically, park your vehicle just outside of the federal boundary. While on state land, you could smoke your cannabis, dispose of your bowls/roaches responsibly, then set out onto federal land without violating the federal laws. Or, better yet, eat an edible. Edibles typically take an hour or so to kick in, so by the time you’re well on your way on a hiking trail, they’ll have taken effect, with no cannabis products on your person.
- Go elsewhere.
Not every outdoors venture in Colorado has to be on federal land. There’s a number of awesome campsites, hiking trails, and fishing spots located on private land, where federal laws don’t hold.
Below is a short list of outdoors, cannabis-friendly spots you can check out:
Wilderness Bud & Breakfast: You can camp out in teepees, cabins, or tent sites here. They also have a Happy Hour where they provide guests with cannabis and infused goodies.
CanyonSide: Located on the northern end of Colorado, CanyonSide offers not just camping, but also kayaking, rafting, fishing, and even horsie rides.
Rustic River Cabins: If you’re looking for a private area near the ski resorts, this is it.
In addition to the places listed above, there’s also a ton of Air BnB opportunities for getting lifted within proximity of the great outdoors. Be sure to check online or through your apps to see which ones are best for you.
Most of all, remember to start low, take it slow, and have fun!