Burnt Mountain trail closure starts April 25
The area of Burnt Mountain from Two Creeks to West Buttermilk is closed to recreation from April 25 to June 21 to protect calving elk.
Trails included in the closure are:
Sequel/Governmental Trail #1980 (closes May 15)
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No human activity is permitted on the trails during this time period. The annual closure is put in place to prevent disturbance of local elk herds during this season, when cow elk need to forage and nurse their newborn calves without being startled or disrupted. Doing so causes calves to be abandoned.
Violations of the Burnt Mountain closure have increased in recent years, according to town of Snowmass Village animal services officers, and elk calving rates have been steadily decreasing. To turn both of these trends around, the officers are asking for the public’s cooperation.
Four agencies — the town, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Aspen Skiing Co. — are teaming up to educate and enforce the Burnt Mountain closure. Violations can result in a citation and fine of as much as $5,000.
Other trails in the Snowmass Village area remain open. Those include:
Rim Trail South
Brush Creek Trail
Highline and Lowline
Sams Knob, Alpine Springs, and Elk Camp work roads
Open beginning May 16:
All of Rim Trail
All of Sky Mountain Park
Find more Snowmass parks and trails online at http://www.snowmass recreation.com
Call Snowmass Village Animal Services at 970-923-5330 with any questions or to report trail poachers.
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