Outdoors briefs, July 16, 2016

Logging operation to close 47 Trail

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests will close a section of the 47 Trail located on the south end of the Uncompahgre Plateau because of logging operations in the area. 

Approximately two miles of the trail located off the Divide Road (NFS 402) and north to the Lockhart Road (NFSR 507) will be closed while the project continues. This logging operation is part of the GMUG’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project to reduce wildfire risk and promote forest health and resiliency across the landscape.

Contact the Ouray District Office for an update on an expected re-opening date.

Grand Mesa plans

Moose Day July 30


The Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s annual Grand Mesa Moose Day is July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center on Grand Mesa.

CPW population estimates approximately 350 moose now live on the mesa.

Grand Mesa Moose Day features various kid-friendly activities, including arts and crafts activities and prize giveaways throughout the day. Kids can earn a prize for going on a hike with a wildlife officer to look for signs of moose activity. Enjoy moose biology and history presentations and learn how biologists transplant and track moose.

High water reduces

vehicle access at

Ridgway State Park


The high water level at Ridgway State Park, has prompted Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials to reduce the shoreline vehicle access on the south side of the reservoir at Dallas Creek.

Park Manager Kirstin Copeland is requesting that vehicles stay on the dirt portion of the shoreline to eliminate damage to vegetation. If the dirt portion is full or inaccessible, people should park at the Bay View parking lot nearby and then walk to the shoreline and place hand-launched craft in the water. 

The park also reminds all paddlers that life jackets are required on all craft including paddle boards; everyone under 13 years old must wear their PFD’s on all watercraft at all times.

In addition, park users are reminded that dogs must be kept on a leash to the water’s edge and pet owners must remove any waste.

Fall special-access

archery hunts set


Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Association is sponsoring four limited special-access archery hunts in the Grand Valley this fall.

The archery hunts will take place at Tilman Bishop State Wildlife Area and the Orchard Mesa Wildlife Area. Because of ongoing habitat work on the property during the hunting season, the Grand Junction Wildlife Area is not on the list for 2016.

Applications are available at CPW’s NW Region office, or by calling 970-255-6100.

Hunters must drop off or mail applications to the CPW Northwest Region office by Aug. 1 at: Archery Hunts, 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction, 81501.

Drawings for the hunts are on Aug. 4.

Two of the hunts will take place during the regular archery season.

Before applying for this hunt, an archery deer license must have been drawn for GMU 41.

The other hunts will occur during the regular rifle seasons; however, a rifle deer license must have been drawn for GMU 41 before applying.

Only archery equipment is allowed during each of these hunts.

For more information about hunting in Colorado, visit http://www.cpw. state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/hunt.aspx.


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