COVID19 Update

Current Colorado ​Safer at Home: Outdoor Recreation


  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from recreators and fellow employees, except in cases where it is unsafe to maintain that distance. 

  • Wear face coverings as much as possible, especially during staging and disembarking operations. Where safe, wear face coverings during trip operations. 

  • Implement symptom monitoring protocols (including workplace temperature monitoring and symptom screening questions) where possible and encourage sick employees to use the CDPHE Symptom Tracker.

  • Employees who have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work for 14 days after exposure and get tested.

  • Employees who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms must  not come to work and get tested. 

  • Employees who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at work should immediately notify their supervisor and be separated from others, sent home, and referred to state or company support services and get tested.

  • Conduct staging operations, such as customer check-ins and end-of-trip operations, outdoors with members of different households spaced at least 6 feet apart.

  • Provide contactless payment or prepayment options whenever possible

  • Encourage reservations, and preferably require reservations, if feasible. This will aid in notification efforts in case there is an exposure to COVID-19.

  • Limit the number of people inside a facility to no more than 10 at one time, at a maximum of 50% occupancy, maintaining 6 feet between parties, or follow retail or restaurant guidance where applicable.

  • Post signs for employees and recreators outlining good hygiene and safety measures being taken. Signs should include easy-to-interpret graphics and be in languages customers will understand. (CDC examples)

  • Encourage hand washing. Direct  customers to places where they can wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.  

  • Limit smaller vehicles/crafts (jeeps, rafts) to up to two household units and up to 10 people, not including guides. (A household unit is a family or group that lives  together.) Where a distance of 6 feet can be ensured between household units, more than two households per vehicle/craft are permitted.

  • Disinfect all equipment used by participants , as well as equipment used commonly by other recreators in between each trip (including paddles, P.F.D.s, rafts, jeep/bus/train seats, saddles, handles/handlebars).  (CDC guidance)

  • Vehicle windows should be kept open at all times when transporting patrons during tours. If inclement weather means extended time in an enclosed vehicle, then the tour should be rescheduled.

  • Curtail ancillary services, such as food preparation, or adjust practices to limit human-to-human contact and contact with shared items. 

  • Competitive events such as races and endurance events are allowed as long as social distancing and limitations on group size can be maintained, including implementation of staggered start times, efforts to prevent gatherings at starts and finishes, so that no more than 10 people are gathered at a time.


  • When possible,  avoid using grocery stores, gas stations etc. in the communities you visit to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across communities. Secure food, water, gas, and any other needed supplies in your home community.

  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from members of other households at all times, except in cases where it is unsafe to maintain that distance. 

  • Wear face coverings during check-in, staging, transportation to and from activity if in a shared vehicle, as well as during end-of-trip disembarking activities. 

  • Follow company guidelines on whether/what kind of face cover to safely use during trips. Check local regulations before travel.

  • Bring hand sanitizers or soap and water..

  • If you or anyone in your party is sick, stay home and rebook. For COVID-19, understand how long you need to quarantine (if exposed) or isolate (if ill) before you rebook.

Whether you are a past, present, or future guest on a Lucky 8 Ranch adventure, we wanted to take this time to communicate to you our perspective on COVID-19 and our related policies.


Firstly, please know that there is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our guests and staff. In that regard, we have diligently reviewed all of our current, best practice operating and safety procedures to ensure adherence to the latest CDC guidelines regarding sanitation of equipment and gear, disinfection of communal surfaces, and availability of hand washing stations or hand sanitizer throughout our facilities. In most cases, this just means doing a little bit extra of what we already do every day. We will continue to monitor these practices and CDC guidelines as the situation develops.


We will, of course, comply with every aspect of government mandated curtailments and CDC recommendations.  Having said that, we fully expect to operate and are preparing for our standard spring, summer and fall offerings. We firmly believe that getting out in the woods of Colorado may just be the perfect way to relieve the stress of this crisis, spend time with your family in a safe environment, and begin the healing we’ll need as a society.


As you prepare for your adventures with us in 2020, please know that we may decline service and/or remove a guest or staff member from a trip as per CDC guidelines. Currently, those are:

  • If a guest or staff member has or will be traveling through an area identified by the CDC as warning level 3 in the 14 days prior to a scheduled trip

  • If a guest or staff member has been in close contact (within approximately 6 feet for any sustained period of time) with someone known to have COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to a scheduled trip

  • If a guest or staff member develops flu-like symptoms (a fever, cough, and shortness of breath) during the 14 days prior to a scheduled trip

  • If a guest or staff member develops flu-like symptoms during a trip, we will socially distance the individual(s) from the rest of the group and any community items, disinfect any suspected items or areas of contamination, encourage them to wear a surgical mask (to help prevent the spread of their illness), and consult local agencies about the possibility of an evacuation.


If the situation evolves into something untenable, we will consider adapting our policies and procedures for deposits and cancellations. For now, we will continue to follow our long-established refund and cancellation policies and we encourage you to review the policies for your specific trip or service. We have always strongly recommended trip insurance, and our views there haven’t changed. If you have any questions about policies or procedures, we welcome them. If you have any questions about policies or procedures, we welcome them. Usually, you’ll get the fastest response by emailing or calling us: and by phone at (970) 846-5592. Our office is currently open Monday through Saturday, 9am-2pm mountain time.



We think we are blessed with the best jobs in the world, and nothing makes us feel better then sharing it with our customers. 



L8R Crew