Consultant: Don’t close this trail

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Consultant Jim Cooper points out a motorcycle and bicycle trail across the slickrock that is marked by a pair of painted rock cairns behind him in the Castle Rock area southwest of De Beque.

Castle Rock area should be managed, not cordoned off, expert says

Miles of routes that run through sage and across slickrock behind the Bookcliffs offer rare opportunities that should be managed, not cordoned off, said the consultant handling Mesa County’s appeal of a plan by the Bureau of Land Management.
“I think this place has an incredible aura about it,” said Jim Cooper, as he surveyed a well-used trail across a sheet of white rock below the purple and green outcrops of the Morrison Formation, about seven miles outside De Beque.

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