Outdoor Briefs: Check Out Colorado allows park entry

Check Out Colorado allows park entry

Check Out Colorado State Parks Program is an initiative offering residents the ability to check out a hang-tag park pass from their local library for entrance into any of Colorado’s 42 state parks.

“An adventure backpack, filled with park information and educational activities goes with the pass,” said Bob Randall, Department of Natural Resources Executive Director. “It’s everything you need to explore and enjoy Colorado’s parks on your own or with friends and family.”

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado State Library will expand the program to 287 libraries statewide.

The program provided each participating library with two park passes and two adventure backpacks. The pass and backpack can be checked out for up to seven days.  

The success of the pilot partnership and now the expansion of the program showcases Colorado’s quality state parks system and improves accessibility, goals common to both CPW and the Colorado State Library.  

“We are excited to partner with another state agency in a way that enhances the goals of both agencies,” adds Morris.   

For more information go to http://cpw.state.co.us/Pages/LibraryBackpack.aspx and http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/checkoutcostateparks. Users are also encouraged to post pictures to Instagram and Twitter: #CheckOutColorado.

Cast and Blast weekend is set for July


Women who want to learn valuable outdoor skills and receive an introduction to hunting and fishing are invited to attend a “Cast and Blast” weekend workshop, July 15-17, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The event will be at the Jim Olterman/Lone Cone State Wildlife Area, about 25 miles south of Norwood in western Colorado.

The event is limited to 15 people and the application deadline is June 30.

At the event, women will learn the basics of fly fishing, shotgun shooting, archery, wildlife watching and camping. Participants will also learn about the basics of wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will supply all sporting equipment: shotguns, ammunition, bows and arrows, and fly rods and tackle. Those who have a 20-gauge shotgun, fishing or archery gear can bring their own.

“This program is designed for women and provides a very supportive atmosphere for those who want to learn about fishing, hunting and wildlife,” said Kelly Crane, district wildlife manager in Ouray. “We especially invite women who have little or no experience to join us.”

Participants must have a current Colorado fishing license and should bring their own camping gear.

Anyone interested must submit an application and a $40 deposit is required.

Those interested in the workshop should contact Darlene Trainor at 970-252-6000, or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Operation Dry Water is in effect


Colorado Parks and Wildlife is participating in Operation Dry Water, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence and reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to alcohol and drug use on waterways.

CPW is reaching out to the entire recreational boating community as part of the yearlong Operation Dry Water campaign to inform and educate boaters about the dangers and effects of boating while under the influence.

“Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths in the United States,” Kris Wahlers, Colorado’s boating safety program manager, said. “By participating in Operation Dry Water, CPW is encouraging everyone to stay safe by staying sober while on the water. We want recreational boaters to have a fun and enjoyable time on the water; one impaired boater can ruin that for everyone.”

CPW also reminds boaters that it’s just as dangerous to operate a boat under the influence of marijuana as it is alcohol and the penalties for doing so are identical. Many lakes, reservoirs and rivers in Colorado are considered public property, so open display or use of marijuana is also illegal.

In Colorado boaters whose blood alcohol content level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties including having your vessel impounded, payment of fines, jail time and loss of boating privileges.

Boaters can take the pledge and find information about boating under the influence at operationdrywater.org.


Powderhorn celebrating its new

mountain biking singletracks


Powderhorn Mountain Resort will celebrate its inaugural season of downhill mountain biking with a kick-off weekend party July 2-3.

There will be live music, food and drinks and camping is available.

The resort opened three downhill mountain biking trails on June 24. The chair lifts are equipped with bike racks and the resort is offering summer lift ticket passes. The weekend party will go from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Go to powderhorn.com for more information and prices on summertime lift tickets.


BLM starting project to

inventory roads, trails


The Bureau of Land Management seeks the public’s help in reviewing its road and trail inventory for lands managed by the White River Field Office in northwestern Colorado.

The field office is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-year look at the roads and trails that it manages. The first step is to confirm the inventory of the roads and trails. During the summer of 2015 the field office completed route inventories across 700,000 acres of the 1.5 million acres it manages. Public review will help ensure the 2015 inventory is as accurate as possible

With the addition of the 2015 inventory, the field office currently has comprehensive travel route data on 90 percent of the 1.5 million acre field office. The remainder of the field office will be inventoried this summer.

To review the route inventory, go to http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html, and click on the Travel and Transportation Management link. 

The BLM is hosting a public open house meeting to give people an opportunity to review the maps, ask questions and provide written comments July 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Rangely at the Recreation Center, 611 Stanolind Ave. 

Comments may be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by mail to BLM, White River Field Office, 220 East Market St., Meeker, 81641 and will be most helpful if received by Aug. 31. For more information, contact Aaron Grimes, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 970-878-3837.


GoCo grant awarded to help

area in San Luis Valley


Great Outdoors Colorado awarded a $2.8 million “Protect Initiative” grant to Western Rivers Conservancy and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust to conserve more than 18,000 acres of riverlands, uplands, fish and wildlife habitat, and open space along the Rio Grande and Conejos rivers in the San Luis Valley.

The project spans more than 28 square miles of the southern San Luis Valley.

The project will work with private landowners to conserve three properties with crucial fish and wildlife habitat and outstanding recreation opportunities in an area with almost no public land.

The GOCO grant will help fund WRC’s acquisition of the private properties.


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