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Skiers, go take a hike

Lack of snow delays many seasonal trail closures
Dennis Haley said he often hikes Animas City Mountain in the off season because his office is nearby. Shannon Borders, public-affairs specialist with the Southwest District of the Bureau of Land Management, said hikers can expect law enforcement to monitor closed trail spaces during the winter season, and they may be cited if caught trespassing.
Janae Chochon, left, Chelsea Malinchak, center, and Jadrianne Lippman said they did not encounter any trail closures while hiking Animas City Mountain on Dec 1. Most closures occur based on snow depth, which in some seasons does not reach a level that requires closures until mid-February.
Hikers had access to all of Animas City Mountain on Dec 1. Brian and Anne Higgins enjoy the warm, dry weather. While the upper portion of Animas City Mountain will close when there is enough snow, the lower portion will remain open throughout the season for hikers to enjoy.
Trail closures

Grandview Ridge area



Closures in these areas are not yet in effect because of lack of snowfall. However, these areas are the ones that will be restricted when closures become necessary:



Sale Barn and Big Canyon trailheads off U.S. Highway 160 will be closed to all public use.

Carbon Junction Trail will remain open from the trailhead on Colorado Highway 3 to Crites Connection, continuing only onto the portion of the Telegraph Trail leading into Horse Gulch (these trails are all on private property).

South Rim Trail, Telegraph, Sidewinder and other trails on Bureau of Land Management lands will be closed and cannot be accessed from the Carbon Junction Trail or other routes.



Animas City Mountain area



BLM lands will be closed to public entry, except for a 1.5-mile trail loop on the lower portion of the mountain, which will remain open for public use. This loop can be accessed from the Birkett and 32nd Street trailheads or Dalla Mountain Park. Signs are posted at the top of the loop indicating the extent of the closure area boundary.

Closures in Perins Peak Wildlife Area are already in effect as of Nov. 19, the last day of deer and elk season.

Areas east of County Road 208 and north of U.S. Highway 160 will remain closed April to July 15 with the rest of the area opening April 1. The closures in effect until July 15 are meant to provide security to Peregrine falcons during their nesting season.



Before hitting the trail, hikers can get updates on closures by calling the San Juan Public Lands Center at 247-4874.



Herald Staff

Skiers, go take a hike

Dennis Haley said he often hikes Animas City Mountain in the off season because his office is nearby. Shannon Borders, public-affairs specialist with the Southwest District of the Bureau of Land Management, said hikers can expect law enforcement to monitor closed trail spaces during the winter season, and they may be cited if caught trespassing.
Janae Chochon, left, Chelsea Malinchak, center, and Jadrianne Lippman said they did not encounter any trail closures while hiking Animas City Mountain on Dec 1. Most closures occur based on snow depth, which in some seasons does not reach a level that requires closures until mid-February.
Hikers had access to all of Animas City Mountain on Dec 1. Brian and Anne Higgins enjoy the warm, dry weather. While the upper portion of Animas City Mountain will close when there is enough snow, the lower portion will remain open throughout the season for hikers to enjoy.
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