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ELDORADO CANYON SLATED TO PARTIALLY REOPEN ON NOV. 1ST
10/30/2013
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CPW press release
ELDORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Parks & Wildlife announced today that Eldorado Canyon State Park will partially reopen on Friday, November 1, following an unprecedented seven-week closure that facilitated initial cleanup and repairs stemming from the 100 year flood event that devastated the northern Front Range of Colorado in September. Areas that will remain closed or are of particular concern include:

-The road (from just above the lower parking lots near the Entrance Station up to the western boundary of the Park) will remain closed to vehicular traffic. As a result, parking will be limited to about one third of normal. Visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid being turned away if parking is full. There are no good public parking alternatives outside of the Park.

-The Visitor Center will remain closed until the upper section of the road reopens to vehicles.

-The Rattlesnake Gulch Trail will remain closed.

-The Eldorado Canyon Trail will remain closed at the Park boundary, about ¾ of a mile from the trailhead.

-The Fowler Trail - Use of a one hundred yard section of the Fowler Trail near the Park’s eastern boundary will be discouraged due to a landslide resulting from the flood. Hiking the Fowler Trail to enter or exit the Park is therefore not recommended. This and the preceding two closures significantly reduce hiking opportunities and effectively eliminate mountain biking opportunities in the Park.

-The picnic area suffered extensive damage in the flood. Picnicking opportunities are therefore very limited and would require a mile hike to access.

-Barriers and flagging tape will be used to close off several other small areas of the Park.

Visitors should be aware that they will encounter different conditions than they have experienced in the past. These changed conditions include, but are not limited to, uneven trail surfaces, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, falling trees due to soil moisture, unstable slopes, and loose rock.

Ben Pedrett, Eldorado Canyon State Park Manger, thanks park users for respecting the closure and urges continued cooperation as additional temporary closures are implemented to enable ongoing repairs.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.