Be Informed About Trail Closures
Did you know that the state of Colorado has the largest elk population in the world? However, today’s elk population from Vail Pass to Glenwood Canyon has decreased 50 percent since 2007. This is the time of year that our local elk population, as well as other local ungulates, breed and calve. Because it is critical to the health and survival of new ungulate calves to be in a peaceful state, many of our local trails remain closed to protect these new members of our community. See our three tips below to make sure you are informed about trail closures and proper trail etiquette.
What You Can Do
- Stay off closed trails. Do your part to avoid human-wildlife conflicts during this critical breeding and calving time. For a list of closed trails in the Eagle Valley visit www.walkingmountains.org/trailclosures.
- Stay off open trails too. Many trails, though open, are muddy this time of year. Wait a little longer until they dry to keep in order to keep them in good condition. Only hike on open and dry trails.
- Stay on the trail and follow all traditional trail etiquette like leave no trace. If you see wildlife keep your distance to avoid stressing the animal.