Four trails at Sky Mountain Park will close for the fourth rifle season, Nov. 15-19, while an elk hunt occurs on a portion of the park.
Cozyline, Airline, Skyline Ridge and Ditchline trails will all be closed to public use during the hunt for safety reasons. Closure signs will be posted. Highline, Lowline, Viewline and the downhill-only Deadline Trail will remain open.
Five hunters were chosen for the hunt in a spring lottery. The hunt is limited to cow elk. If all of the participating hunters harvest an animal quickly, the trails will reopen before the rifle season comes to a close, according to Gary Tennenbaum, director of Open Space and Trails.
The hunting will take place on about 1,200 acres in the heart of Sky Mountain Park, on open space that stretches between Snowmass Village and Highway 82, between the Brush Creek and Owl Creek valleys.
The management plan for Sky Mountain Park made a provision for limited hunting to assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife in managing the elk herd in Game Management Unit 43.
Most of Sky Mountain Park closes to all public use for the winter, starting Dec. 1, to protect wintering wildlife.
Contact: Gary Tennenbaum
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Director
firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-920-5355