Ute Canyon Trail to close for repairs

Visitors’ entrance fees to Colorado National Monument will pay for crews to repair switchbacks on Ute Canyon Trail.

Eighty percent of visitor fee dollars stay at the park to pay for such improvements, said Lisa Eckert, park superintendent.

A one-mile section of the trail between Rim Rock Drive and a streambed that crosses the trail in the area of Fallen Rock will be closed starting Wednesday because of the potential for rockfall during construction.

“The upper part really hugs into the canyon wall,” Eckert said. “It needs more routine stabilization.”

The temporary trail closure is not related to recent mountain lion activity in the area of Black Ridge Trail. That trail is now open, but had been closed in late July after authorities determined 14 sheep in a pen were killed by a mountain lion just outside of park boundaries.

The bottom section of Ute Canyon Trail is accessible and open from its trail head off Wildwood Drive. Corkscrew Trail and Liberty Cap Trail, which also share the same trail head, are open.


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