Outdoors Briefs: June 11, 2017
Fourth downhill trail debuts when Powderhorn Bike Park opens June 24
The Powderhorn Bike Park opening day is scheduled for June 24.
There will be a new green downhill trail joining the three existing trails for the summer.
Opening day will have live music and food and beverage specials. All-day tickets are $25 and scenic lift rides are $12.
For summer season passes, a junior pass (12 and under) is $99, and ages 13 and up are $139.
The Sunday Scramble race series is also returning to Powderhorn this summer, with races starting July 30.
Train to Hunt Challenge coming soon
A unique event is coming to Powderhorn Mountain Resort that combines physical fitness and archery skills.
The Train to Hunt Challenge is a race that features a variety of obstacles and physical challenges as well as target shooting.
Powderhorn will host both regional and national competitions.
The regional qualifiers will be held on June 24 at 10 locations around the country, including Powderhorn.
Qualifiers will then advance to the national competition at Powderhorn on July 8-9.
The Train to Hunt race course at Powderhorn will take competitors through a series of physical challenges such as dragging tires, hauling sandbags, jumping over boxes or jumping into burpees, then archers have to take aim at targets.
The goal is to complete the course in the fastest time and to avoid time penalties for poor shots.
The entrance fee to compete is $100; spectators can watch for free.
We’re looking for your hunting photos
The Daily Sentinel is requesting hunter and hunting season photographs to be published in the annual 2017 Colorado Hunter Magazine. We are looking for photos of all kinds from a successful kill, landscape shots, you name it — send it in.
Include a description of the photograph with names of people in the photo, who took the photo, and also include a phone number in case we need to contact you.
Make sure photos have a high enough resolution for publication. Information: 970-256-4204.
GMUG Forests revising Forest Plan
The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are currently working to revise the Forest Plan.
The revision process begins with the assessment of current conditions and identifies if there is a need for change in management direction.
The Forest Service will take three years to revise the plan. Public engagement is a key element in this effort and there will be meetings, webinars, posting information and updates on the website and through email.
A series of public open houses is planned for later this summer. For information on the Forest Plan Revision process and updates for public meetings, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ForestPlan.
Sylvan Lake open house scheduled
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for input regarding the management plan at Sylvan Lake State Park near Eagle.
Feedback will be taken by CPW until July 6, and an open house to discuss recreation interests regarding the park is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 21 at the Eagle Library.
The planning process will consider whether infrastructure changes or new recreational facilities are needed to preserve high quality visitor experiences while conserving the park’s natural setting and wildlife habitat.
The open house will discuss recreation interests and preferences for specific areas within the park.
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 Friday 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 Wednesday. 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.