JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo — Some Jeffco Open Space trails will be temporarily closed starting Feb. 1 to protect wildlife, the county said Monday.
Each year, Jeffco Open Space uses seasonal wildlife closures to protect various species at sensitive times in their life cycles.
The closures apply to all park visitors and use types. Jeffco Open Space said their staff uses applicable laws and guidelines as well as knowledge of wildlife populations to establish closure areas and time periods. They monitor local conditions during closures and adjust as needed.
Here are the details of the closures:
Centennial Cone Park
Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park, including the interior of Travois, Evening Sun and Elk Range loop, is closed from Feb. 1 through mid-June to protect elk during their calving season. All other trails are open.
Clear Creek Canyon Park
Portions of Clear Creek Canyon Park between Mile Marker 266 and 270 are closed to all public use uphill of Highway 6 from Feb. 1 through July 31 to protect nesting eagles. This closure includes the following rock-climbing sites: Bumbling Stock, Stumbling Block, Skinny Legs, Blonde Formation and Ghost Crag. The Fault Caves are also included in this closure.
Portions of Clear Creek Canyon Park, near Tunnel 2, are closed to all public use uphill of Highway 6 from Feb. 1 through July 31 to protect nesting eagles. This closure includes the following rock-climbing sites: Highlander, Evil Area and Tetanus Garden.
Deer Creek Canyon Park/Hildebrand Ranch Park
The entirety of Black Bear Trail, which connects Deer Creek Canyon Park and Hildebrand Ranch Park, is closed from Feb. 1 through July 31 to protect nesting birds of prey.
North Table Mountain Park
Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain Park is closed from Feb. 1 through July 31 to protect cliff-nesting raptors, ground-nesting bird habitat and nesting birds of prey.
South Table Mountain Park
Lava Loop trail and the north portion of the park at South Table Mountain Park is closed from Feb. 1 through July 31 to protect ground-nesting bird habitat and nesting raptors.
Cathedral Spires Park
The entirety of Cathedral Spires Park is closed from March 1 through July 31 to protect nesting birds of prey.
Crown Hill Park
The Crown Hill Park Wildlife Sanctuary is closed from March 1 through July 1 to protect nesting and brooding waterfowl, as well as creating a critical refuge for all kinds of wildlife, including deer, bobcats, coyotes and other birds, during a critical time in their seasonal life cycle.
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