The popular Catamount trail at Green Mountain Falls was closed “until further notice” on Aug. 4 due to an “ongoing property dispute,” according to an article on the city website and the Facebook page, signed by Executive Director Angie Sprang. In response to an email requesting more information, Sprang said that “The current press release is all for now, and as the real estate litigation progresses we will provide another press release. “
The increased use of our parks, trails and open spaces, which was happening anyway before COVID-19 drove more people outside, has caused many land managers to resort to a reservation or booking system. “Programmed entry” to control traffic, parking and overcrowding. . It seems to be the trend of the future, and plan ahead – first of the seven “Leave No Trace” principles – is a necessity. One of the largest and most visited places in Colorado that requires advance planning is Rocky Mountain National Park, not only when to go, but also on what trails to hike once there.
A new guide, Hiking in the Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, can help you plan your trip. The book offers 35-day hikes, ranging from easy walks to the park’s iconic Longs Peak, and includes seven must-see sites along with the park’s history and information about its flora and fauna. The book is colorfully photographed and the trail information is clear, concise, and easy to follow. A “Go Further” addition to many trail descriptions gives the more adventurous hikers an incentive to extend their adventure. Author Brendan Leonard tells each track entry in a simple, stripped-down, “just the facts” style that readers who just want to know where to go will appreciate. The book’s compact size means it can be carried comfortably in your cargo pants pocket without adding much bulk or weight. The book can be purchased directly from the publisher, here.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife waives entry fees to all Colorado state parks during the month of August for veterans, active duty and retired military personnel. You can get your free pass on any state park or CPW office, presenting the appropriate proof of service. CPW also offers free entry for military personnel on Veterans Day and year round for disabled veterans. Although admission is free, other fees, such as for campsites, still apply.
Be wise. Do good things. Leaves no trace.