For a chance to strike it rich in gold and silver, Colorado’s early prospectors grew fixed on taming its wildest canyons, where they carved rail corridors into mountains and constructed stage roads that lured eager new arrivals pursuing “Pikes Peak or Bust.” But not every vein led to riches, and many new arrivals went “bust.” … Continued
Gold Medal Waters are the highest quality cold-water habitats and have the capability to produce many quality size (14 inches or longer) trout. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has established criteria and management guidelines to support the public interest in angling, observing and protecting these significant cold-water fishery resources. Gold Medal Waters are defined as any … Continued
Fishing is a great activity for all ages and a way for families and friends to spend time together outdoors. Follow these basic steps to get started (learn more about fishing in Colorado at the Parks and Wildlife website.): 1. Pick your rod and reel A closed-face spincast rod and reel are great for learning … Continued
Plans to close a 5-mile gap in the Ute Pass Regional Trail passed a key hurdle Wednesday, with the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board voting 5-0 to support the county’s proposed trail corridor along Chipita Park Road. The Board of El Paso County Commissioners will hold a final vote on the plan Tuesday. If … Continued
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is attempting to push through a controversial “study” that would involve killing significantly more numbers of mountain lions (Puma concolor) in hunting units in a portion of Colorado over a five-year span to see if they can increase the mule deer population for human hunters to kill. The agency, in its … Continued
Did your humble scribe err by rolling with a politician’s demand that Colorado Springs Utilities “get with the program” and raise its gate at Moraine Lake?
Utilities sure thinks so.
In an emailed response to the Aug. 13 column, spokeswoman Patrice Lehermeier ticked off the reasons it would be wrong to suggest Utilities has been anything less than perfectly devoted to opening its treasures to the public.
She spoke of “decades” of collaboration with recreational groups and provided a timeline detailing projects that opened 15,000 acres of Utilities holdings.
Mountain lions are in the crosshairs of a plan to boost mule deer populations near Salida.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking to increase deer populations in four game management units north of the Arkansas River, between Salida and Cañon City, by allowing hunters to kill more of the big cats that prey on them, according to an agency proposal.
The changes are proposed as part of a five-year, $820,000 study that would increase the harvest limit on mountain lions in the units by 46 percent, from a limit of 24 cats up to 35.
How many mountain lions are killed depends on the success of hunters who pursue them. Wildlife officers will not directly intervene in the lion populations.
Aurora Reservoir – Trout fishing from shore is rated as fair to good. Boaters report success ranging from fair to good while trout trolling with rapalas, spoons and pop gear with crawlers. Walleye fishing is anywhere from fair to good. Most walleye are caught from boats trolling with bottom bouncers with crawlers, jigs and drop shots. There is good fishing for yellow perch. A few smallmouth and largemouth bass have been caught from shore using swim baits and jigs.
Chatfield Reservoir – Bass fishing has been fair. The fish are primarily feeding on bait fish and are keyed in on black, gray and white patterns that resemble a bait fish. The best places to catch bass are
One reason you bought a mountain bike is to take it off-road. But off-road riding is nothing but a series of obstacles: sand, rocks, gravel, tree roots. Follow these tips and practice, practice, practice. Soon you’ll be tackling your usual trails with confidence. Drop-Offs A drop-off is a step down in a trail. The easiest … Continued