Snowmass Village trails closed until June 21 for elk |

Snowmass Village trails closed until June 21 for elk

Staff report

Three popular trails outside of Snowmass Village will remain closed until June 21 so elk calving isn’t disrupted.

Tom Blake Trail, Anaerobic Nightmare-Sequel and Government Trail are closed, the U.S. Forest Service reminded trail users on Tuesday. Violators face possible fines of $50 to $5,000. The closure is coordinated with Snowmass Village, Aspen Skiing Co., and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Cow elk are recovering from winter and have high energy demands. They need to forage and nurse without being startled or disrupted.

“Stress and disturbance from humans can lead to abandonment of this critical habitat, or the abandonment of elk calves,” Phil Nyland, a wildlife Biologist with White River National Forest, said in a statement.

There are several trails open or opening soon in the Snowmass Village area. Those that are open are Highline, Lowline, South Rim Trail, Ditch Trail and West Government Trail. In addition, Sam’s Knob, Alpine Springs and Elk Camp work roads are open.

North Rim Trail and the Sky Mountain Park trails will open Friday. Pitkin County Open Space and Trails urged cyclists to wait until the trails dry off before using them.

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