Outdoor briefs, May 14, 2017

GJ Off-Road race set for this weekend

The Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike race is set for this weekend starting on Friday with the event’s downtown fat-tire criterium.

Off-road racing begins Saturday with the amateur races. There will be a 30-mile and a 40-mile course that start and finish in downtown Grand Junction.

The 40-mile race starts at 7:30 a.m. with the 30-mile race taking off at 8:30 a.m. The races are expected to draw more than 400 riders.

Sunday is the professional races for men and women, who will ride the 40-mile course. Racing starts at 8:30 a.m. Last year, the professional races drew 74 combined riders.

Information: http://www.epicrides.com.

Dinosaur hike scheduled in Utah


David Grant, an archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management, will serve as a guide for a hike near Vernal, Utah, exploring rock art and dinosaur tracks.

The hike will be June 16 in the Cub Creek area east of Vernal.

It will take between four and six hours. The steep terrain makes the tour physically challenging and therefore, it may not be suitable for young children or individuals with limited mobility.

People interested in attending should call the Vernal Field Office at 435-781-4400 before June 14. Participants will caravan in their own vehicles from the convention center in the morning. 

The BLM is hosting this tour in conjunction with the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society Convention being held in Vernal.

Information: https://utaharchaeology.org. 

Walleye fillets being distributed May 20


Colorado Parks and Wildlife will give away approximately 190 walleye fillets, to licensed anglers on a first come, first served basis, May 20 at Rifle Gap State Park. Limit one package of two fillets per angler.

The frozen, vacuum sealed fillets are from 95 walleye removed from Rifle Gap Reservoir by CPW biologists as required by the Rifle Gap Reservoir Lake Management Plan, approved in 2015.

“This is a win-win for everyone,” said Ben Felt, CPW’s Area Biologist. “We remain dedicated to our efforts to protect native fish, comply with the requirements of the Lake Management Plan, maintain Rifle Gap Reservoir as a great walleye fishery and provide the angling public with an opportunity to sample great-tasting fish.”

Felt says CPW stocked 38,050 sterile walleye fry in 2015 and 8,390 last year. CPW biologists will stock approximately 35,000 sterile walleye into the popular fishery this year.

Information: Rifle Gap State Park, 970-625-1607.

Colorado Public Lands Day is May 20


The third Saturday of May is celebrated as Colorado Public Lands Day.

This year, May 20 is the day. The new state holiday was established last year when the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill and is intended to encourage people to get out and enjoy the state’s public lands.

Activities will be held at some of the 41 state parks. A list of activities can be found at http://www.cpw.state.co.us.


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