Outdoors briefs, April 9, 2016

Angler Open House

is April 19 in Rifle

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host an Angler Open House on April 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Garfield County Fairgrounds Event Hall in Rifle. 

The event is for people interested in learning more about the future fishery-management plan for Rifle Gap Reservoir.

Agency officials will be available to answer questions.

Parks and Wildlife’s partners in the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the wildlife agencies of the states of Utah and Wyoming, reviewed and approved the Rifle Gap Lake Management Plan, enabling the stocking of black crappie, yellow perch and sterile or ‘triploid’ walleye into Rifle Gap Reservoir.

The management plan also provides protections for native fishes by requiring Parks and Wildlife to net and remove fertile female walleye during the spawning season on an interim basis; removing special regulations for smallmouth bass; and lethal removal of smallmouth bass and northern pike collected during standard sampling procedures in spring and fall.

Rumble at 18 Road

changing formats


The Rumble at 18 Road is changing, and it’s not just for mountain bikers now.

The newly named Rumble at 18 Road Multi-Sport Trail Festival will have races for trail runners and mountain bikers on April 23-24.

The event, organized by Mountain and Desert (MAD) Racing, will include music and a “Mad Max” costume contest.

Saturday’s events include trail-run races, beginning at 9 a.m. and mountain bike short-track races, starting at 11 a.m. Live music will be from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, national qualifying mountain bike races start at 
8 a.m. for various categories. The venue is on 18 Road north of Fruita.

If poor weather conditions hit the area, the races will be moved to May 7-8.

For more information, go to MADRacingColorado.com or visit MAD Racing on Facebook.

Teens needed for

conservation corps


The Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests are looking for outdoor-oriented teenagers (16-18 years old) to participate in the Youth Conservation Corps program. 

The program provides summer employment and accomplishes conservation work such as trail maintenance, range projects and vegetation monitoring.  The work schedule consists of four, 10-hour days, and it may involve camping on occasion. 

Application deadline is Friday, and the 10-week program is June 6 through Aug. 12.  Applications and information can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/gmug/ycc.

For more information contact the crew leaders:

■ Chris Foreman, Grand Valley Ranger District, 970-263-5835,

■ Justin Stone, Gunnison Ranger District, 970-642-4406, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

■ Paul Kimpling, Paonia Ranger District, 970-527-4131, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);

■ Andrew Maher, Ouray Ranger District, 970-240-5300, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);

■ Kathy Peckham, Norwood Ranger District, 970-327-4261, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bowhunter Safety

scheduled for May


Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a Bowhunter Safety Course at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita on May 14-15.

It is open to novice and experienced bowhunters.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Sign up for the class and get details at http://www.register-ed.com, click on “Colorado,” scroll down to “Bowhunter Education” and click “View Upcoming Events,” or call 970-255-6100.

Novice archers may use their own equipment or equipment provided by Parks and Wildlife. Advanced archers are encouraged to bring their own gear.

Course topics include responsibilities, equipment, range estimation and survival skills.


Prescribed burns

planned on mesa


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests have several prescribed burns planned this spring, but only when conditions fall within the prescription for a safe, effective burn:

■ Brushy Ridge: Approximately 450 acres in the southern rim of Uncompahgre Plateau within the Escalante Creek drainage approximately 35 miles south of Grand Junction and 26 miles southwest of Delta. Targeted time is April and could extend into May. 

■ Nick Mountain: Approximately 800 acres in Grand Mesa National Forest approximately 30 miles east of Grand Junction and four miles southeast of Molina. Targeted time is April and could extend into May.

The U.S. Forest Service will participate with the Bureau of Land Management as the lead agency managing the following interagency burns: 

■ Battlements: Approximately 700 acres in Grand Mesa National Forest will be burned prior to May 15.  This area is adjacent to the 650-acre Battlement prescribed fire on BLM managed lands in Mesa County four miles northeast of Collbran.   

■ Nick/Bald: Approximately 200 to 300 acres in Grand Mesa National Forest will be burned prior to May 15. This area is adjacent to the 200-acre Nick Mountain/Bald Mountain prescribed fire on BLM-managed lands in Mesa County nine miles southwest of Collbran. Nick/Bald prescribed fire is adjacent to the Nick Mountain prescribed fire, but will be done as a separate project. 


Visitors can buy

monument passes

ahead of trip


The National Park Service has launched a pilot program to sell entrance passes for Colorado National Monument online through “Your Pass Now” at http://www.yourpassnow.com.

Visitors to the monument will be able to purchase annual and seven-day entrance passes in advance of their trip through the website.

Once purchased, the electronic entrance pass can be printed or reside on a mobile device for use at the park. Park staff will validate the entrance pass using a code. Specific instructions on how to use the electronic entrance pass are provided at the time of purchase. The pass is nonrefundable and not transferrable. It will not be replaced if lost or stolen, and it is void if altered or reproduced.


CMU showing film

on Dolores River


Colorado Mesa University will host a documentary film, “River of Sorrows: Inheriting Today’s Dolores River,” on April 13.

The film will be shown in the University Center’s Meyer Ballroom with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The film will begin at 7:30, and a panel discussion will follow at 8:30. The film focuses on the many issues facing the river, which is used for irrigation and recreation.

Go to http://www.coloradomesa.edu to RSVP.


Documentary set

for Mesa Theater


The documentary film, “Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” will be shown April 19 at the Mesa Theater at 7 p.m.

The film is about Micah True, a Boulder ultra runner better known as Caballo Blanco, which means white horse. True was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico.

Caballo Blanco lived and ran with the Tarahumara and afterward created the 50-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability.

The film recently won the 2015 Bud Greenspan Memorial Film and Video Award, presented by the Track & Field Writers of America.


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