Outside Briefs, May 21, 2016

Hanging Lake trail closed 2 days this week

The Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for trail maintenance by the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. Work will involve moving large rocks and replacing a concrete foundation for a handrail below the staircase section of the trail.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will close exit 125 and the off-ramp, and the Forest Service will post staff at the trail head.

The trail will also be closed June 13-14 and Sept. 10 for additional maintenance work.

For more information about the management of Hanging Lake, please contact the Eagle-Holy Cross Office at 970-827-5715. 

Black Canyon hosts Astronomy Festival


The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, in partnership with the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, will host the seventh annual Astronomy Festival June 1-4. Black Canyon was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in September of 2015.

There will be daytime as well as evening programs, with solar viewing, “Learn the Sky” workshops, and night sky viewing with telescopes. Astronomer Tyler Nordgren will be the keynote speaker for the event on June 3. For a full schedule, see the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm  

All programs are free. The park entrance fee is $15 and is good for 7 days. Parking is available at the South Rim Visitor Center for day programs and the evening program on June 3. Parking is available at the South Rim Campground Amphitheater for all other evening events. 

CPW sponsors 2 upcoming fishing tourneys


Colorado Parks and Wildlife will sponsor two fishing tournaments in June and Colorado anglers will have a chance to win boats and fishing gear.

A smallmouth bass tournament will be June 4-12 at Ridgway State Park. From June 11-19, a smallmouth bass and northern pike tournament will be conducted at Elkhead Reservoir in northwest Colorado.

The fishing tournaments are free and open to anyone with a 2016 Colorado fishing license. No pre-registration is required.

More information, complete rules for the tournaments and fishing tips can be found at http://cpw.state.co.us/tournament.

Vail hosting Fly Fishing Championship


The 36th World Fly Fishing Championship is coming to the United States with anglers from more than 30 countries fishing the lakes and rivers of Colorado from Sept. 11-18. 

Vail is the host town for the championship flag parade, opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the medal presentation.

Competitors will fish the Eagle River, Colorado River, Blue River, Sylvan Lake, and Dillon Reservoir in Eagle and Summit counties. Fishing venues are divided into five sectors where each angler fishes for three hours over five sessions.

The championship is produced by The America Cup, Inc., a non-profit organization promoting competitive and amateur fly fishing at the national and international levels, and providing program support to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. 

For more information, please visit http://www.wff2016.com.


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