Glenwood Caverns not part of possible caves closure
A commercial cave operation in Glenwood Springs said Monday it would not be affected by possible U.S. Forest Service plans to close caves in Colorado for a year.
The closure, which is being considered to protect bats from a deadly fungus, would affect only caves in national forests. Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, part of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, is on private land. It also has little or no bat population, it said in a news release Monday.
The Forest Service is expected to announce a decision on caves in Colorado and several other states this week. Sources say the agency is expected to announce that caves on forests will be closed to protect bats from white nose syndrome, which is caused by fungus and disturbs the animals during hibernation, weakening them enough to often kill them.
“We are working with the U.S. Forest Service and want to reassure our customers that Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves are not affected and are open for business as usual,” said Steve Beckley, who owns Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife, Jeanne.