Part of Sky Mountain Park to close |

Part of Sky Mountain Park to close

Staff report

A portion of Sky Mountain Park will be closed next week from Wednesday to Sunday for a limited, annual elk hunt, according to a statement.

Pitkin County open space rangers will close Airline, Cozyline and Skyline trails for the cow-only hunt, a game-management tool recommended by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, according to the statement from Senior Ranger John Armstrong.

Five local hunters selected last spring through a lottery process will be allowed to hunt on the property, a popular hiking and mountain-biking area that begins north of Snowmass Village, according to the statement.

Closure of that area will be “strictly enforced” from Wednesday until Sunday night, Armstrong said in the statement.

Viewline, Deadline and the Brush Creek and Owl Creek trails will remain open for hikers and mountain bikers, as will the new Seven Star Trail that begins at Snowmass Rodeo Lot, according to the statement.

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