Outdoor briefs, July 16, 2017

Crag Crest Trail

temporarily closed

A portion of the Crag Crest National Recreation Trail has been closed temporarily by the Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests. 

The closure will be in effect through July 21. No public access is allowed from the east trail head at the Crag Crest Campground along the lower loop (NFST 711.1A) to the intersection at Butts Lake.  Portions of the Crag Crest trail will still be accessible from the west trail head. 

Crews will be working on the installation of temporary roads and a bridge for the Grand Mesa Resort Timber Salvage Sale, which is an estimated two year removal of beetle-effected and blowdown timber. 

The project will remove potentially hazardous fuels from an area and will improve overall forest health by opening the forest for new growth.

McGill to share

Antarctic journey


The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon will host a free presentation on Antarctica from a man who lived there for a decade.

Olathe resident Jesse McGill will share his experiences at 
7 p.m. on July 27 in the Centennial Room in Montrose.

As an engineering technician who worked on projects all over the world, McGill became a project manager for Antarctic Support Associates, which provided support the U.S. Antarctic Program of the National Science Foundation.

“Our job was to provide the basic necessities to the science community while they were on the ice,” McGill said. “These included shelter, food, transportation, communications and what other particular needs specific projects might have.”

The Centennial Room is located just off Centennial Plaza. For more information, call 

Bass tournament at

Ridgway State Park


The third annual smallmouth bass tournament at Ridgway State Park continues through July 30.

The more smallmouth bass anglers catch, the better their chances of winning prizes. Anglers get a raffle ticket for every smallmouth they catch. There is no entry fee and anglers will vie for more than $8,000 in prizes.

All anglers 12 and under who turn in a smallmouth bass will receive a package of fishing lures.

Smallmouth bass were introduced illegally into Ridgway Reservoir about 10 years ago. The fish are predators and there is a significant risk of them escaping the reservoir into adjacent rivers and consuming native Colorado fish that are found nowhere else in the world.

CPW also has posted a web page that explains the best way to catch smallmouth bass. It also gives an explanation of smallmouth bass issues at Ridgway Reservoir.

Entry to the park is $7 per vehicle.

CPW offering free

unguided elk hunts


A limited number of free, unguided elk hunts on private ranch property are available for this fall.

The hunts, which are offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Crooked Wash Ranch, can be applied for until July 28. The hunts are open to all eligible hunters with specific licenses.

Applications are available at http://cpw.state.co.us and should be submitted to:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Meeker Office, Attn: Nate Martinez/Crooked Wash Ranch, P.O. Box 1181, Meeker, 81641.

Opportunities are available to hunters who have already drawn a limited antlerless/cow elk license for Game Management Unit 11 during the 2017 muzzleloader or first rifle big game hunting seasons.

For more information or questions, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.

Oasis program

at Highline Lake


Highline Lake State Park’s “Oasis in the High Desert” outdoor program continues until July 26.

The program is every Wednesday for kids ages 5-12.

The Kids’ Outdoor Adventures is a program for youngsters to experience nature.

Kids need to be at the park by 10 a.m. each Wednesday.

Also, every weekend through Aug. 19, the 2017 Outdoor Adventures Program will be at the park.

This is for older kids and the entire family. Activities feature nature hikes, full moon and new moon night hikes, learning about astronomy and looking through telescopes at the night sky during an evening Star Party, a variety of fun outdoor games, and spooky campfire talks and legends.

Dates and times are available at http://www.cpw.state.co.us and go to the Highline State Park page. Email can be sent to highline. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call the park at 970- 858-7208.



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