• Open Space

    Seasonal Wildlife Closures to Begin February 1


    Each year Jeffco Open Space uses seasonal wildlife closures to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year’s seasonal wildlife closures affect five JCOS Parks.

    Elk Range Trail at Centennial Cone Park is closed from February 1 through mid-June to protect elk during their calving season. See map Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document.

    An area of Clear Creek Canyon Park near Mile Marker 270 is closed to all public use uphill of the U.S. Route 6 corridor from February 1 through July 31 to protect an active golden eagle nesting territory. This closure encompasses the following rock climbing sites: Bumbling Stock, Stumbling Block, Skinny Legs, Blonde Formation and Ghost crag. The Fault Caves are also closed to visitation during this seasonal closure. See sign with closure map  Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document.

    Another area of Clear Creek Canyon Park, near Tunnel 2, is closed to all public use uphill of the U.S. Route 6 corridor from February 1 through July 31 to protect an active golden eagle nesting territory. This closure encompasses the following rock climbing sites: Highlander, Evil Area and Tetanus Garden. See sign with closure map Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document.

    Rim Rock Trail at North Table Mountain Park is closed from February 1 through July 31 to protect active raptor nesting territory. See map Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document.

    The Crown Hill Park National Urban Wildlife Refuge is closed from March 1 through June 30 to protect nesting and brooding waterfowl. See map Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document.

    Cathedral Spires Park is closed from March 1 through July 31 to protect an active peregrine falcon nesting territory. Based on nesting behavior, JCOS staff may open a portion of this property before July 31.

    Please respect all closures. Seasonal wildlife closures apply to all park visitors and all types of visitation.

    Jeffco Open Space staff uses applicable federal, state, and local laws and guidelines and institutional knowledge of wildlife populations to delineate closure areas and time periods. Natural Resources staff and wildlife monitoring volunteers monitor local conditions during closures. If conditions on the ground change, seasonal closures will be adjusted accordingly.

    To report active violations of closure areas, contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (303) 277-0211.

    Applicable Regulations

    C.5 Natural Resources Protection Closure: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space lands, or any portion thereof, during the time such Open Space lands, or any portions thereof, are designated as Sensitive Areas, seasonal closures, wildlife protection closures, refuges, or other protected areas. Fine: $100.00

    C.8 Destruction of Wildlife Habitat: It shall be unlawful for any person, or any pet under their custody, control, or ownership, to alter, damage, destroy, remove or in any other way vandalize wildlife habitat features on Open Space lands, including but not limited to, animal dens, burrows, dwellings, or nests. Fine: $150.00

    C.20 Closed Areas: It shall be unlawful to enter, use or occupy Open Space lands, or any portion thereof, during the time such Open Space lands, or any portions thereof, are closed to entry, use, or occupancy. Fine: $50.00

    Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our work is to preserve land, protect park and natural resources and provide healthy nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, the agency contributes to city and recreation district projects and manages 44,613 acres, 28 regional parks and 230 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.

    Thea Rock
    Communications Manager
    303-271-5902
    trock@jeffco.us

    January 26, 2016


    Last Updated: 9-8-2016