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Posted on: January 30, 2024

Jeffco Open Space Seasonal Wildlife Closures to Begin Feb. 1

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Each year Jeffco Open Space uses seasonal wildlife closures at the parks to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year’s seasonal wildlife closures affect numerous Jeffco Open Space parks and trails. Protect the wildlife you love.


Centennial Cone Park  
Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park, including off-trail areas in the interior of Travois Trail, Evening Sun Loop, and Elk Range Trail, are closed from February 1 through mid-June to protect elk during their calving season. All other trails are open.

 

Clear Creek Canyon Park 
Portions of Clear Creek Canyon Park between Mile Marker 266 and 270 are closed to all public use uphill of US Highway 6 from February 1 through July 31 to protect nesting eagles. This closure includes the following rock-climbing sites: Bumbling Stock, Stumbling Block, Skinny Legs, Blonde Formation, and Ghost Crag. The Fault Caves are also included in this closure. 

 

Portions of Clear Creek Canyon Park, near Tunnel 2, are closed to all public use uphill of US Highway 6 from February 1 through July 31 to protect nesting eagles. This closure includes the following rock-climbing sites: Highlander, Evil Area, and Tetanus Garden. 

 

Deer Creek Canyon Park/Hildebrand Ranch Park
The entirety of Black Bear Trail, which connects Deer Creek Canyon Park and Hildebrand Ranch Park, is closed from February 1 through July 31 to protect nesting birds of prey.

North Table Mountain Park
Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain Park is closed from February 1 through July 31 to protect cliff-nesting raptors, ground-nesting bird habitat and nesting birds of prey. 

 

South Table Mountain Park
Lava Loop trail and the north portion of the park at South Table Mountain Park is closed from February 1 through July 31 to protect ground-nesting bird habitat and nesting raptors. 

 

Cathedral Spires Park
The entirety of Cathedral Spires Park is closed from March 1 through July 31 to protect nesting birds of prey.  

 

Crown Hill Park
The Crown Hill Park Wildlife Sanctuary is closed from March 1 through June 30 to protect nesting and brooding waterfowl, as well as creating a critical refuge for all kinds of wildlife including deer, bobcats, coyotes, and other birds, during a critical time in their seasonal life cycle. 
 
Learn more at www.jeffco.us/open-space

 

About Seasonal Closures:

Seasonal wildlife closures apply to all park visitors and all types of visitation. Jeffco Open Space staff use applicable Federal, State, and local laws and guidelines as well as knowledge of wildlife populations to delineate closure areas and time periods. Seasonal wildlife closures are put into place in response to conditions on the ground to protect sensitive species. Jeffco Open Space Natural Resources staff and wildlife monitoring volunteers monitor local conditions during closures and adjust as needed. 

Violations of seasonal closures implemented to protect bald or golden eagles may result in a fine of $100,000, imprisonment, or both. For more information on The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c), enacted in 1940, visit: https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/laws-legislations/bald-and-golden-eagle-protection-act.php

 

Jeffco Open Space Regulations Applicable to Closures:

 

C.5. Natural Resources Protection Closure: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space Lands during the time such Lands are designated as Sensitive Areas, seasonal closures, study area closures, wildlife protection closures, refuges or other protected areas. Fine: $150.00 

 

C.8. Destruction of Wildlife Habitat: It shall be unlawful for any person, or any pet under their custody, control or ownership, to alter, damage, destroy, remove or in any other way vandalize wildlife habitat features on Open Space Lands, including, but not limited to, animal dens, burrows, dwellings or nests. Fine: $200.00

 

C.20. Closed Areas: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space Lands, or any portion thereof, during the time such Open Space Lands, or any portions thereof, are closed to entry, use or occupancy. Fine: $75.00

 

To report active violations of closure areas, contact Jeffco Sheriff Non-emergency at 303.980.7300.

 

 

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