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Bent’s Fort Chapter to Tour Historic Sites in SE Colorado

Bent's Old Fort - NPS Photo

Saturday, June 11th, the Bent's Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will tour several historic sites in Southeast Colorado.  The tour will start at the Star School at 9:00 AM. The Star School is located about 3 miles west of Colorado Beef (junction of Hwys 50 and 287) or 10 miles east of Hasty. Watch out for traffic if you are coming from the west. West bound traffic is hard to see at the school. After learning about the history and reconstruction of the school we will travel to Bent's New Fort.

Southeast Fishing Conditions Report - June 7

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Adobe Creek Reservoir

Fishing is fair to good for smaller 10 - 12 inch walleye and saugeye, but larger fish are being caught. Fishing is also fair for small 6 - 8 inch crappie with a few larger fish also being caught. Fishing is also fair for wiper and white bass of various sizes. A few fish are being caught from shore, but mostly channel catfish.

Arkansas Headwaters

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets in Pueblo, June 9-10

PROMO 660 x 440 Outdoors - Colorado Parks Wildlife Mountains Baca National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street, Pueblo, Colo., June 9 and 10. The meeting is slated to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, and is scheduled to adjourn at noon, Friday.
Commissioners will receive briefings on a variety of issues, including: updates from CPW Director Bob Broscheid and the Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Lake Pueblo and Mueller State Parks are also slated to present.

Preparing for Wildfires

PROMO 660 x 440 Fire - Wheat Stubble Soot Flames - iStock

A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. There's a misconception that wildfires only happen in western and the Great Plains states. While wildfires are more common in certain states, they can occur anywhere in the country.

In addition, homes and business are more susceptible to wildfires as building development expands into once forested areas. This is called the wildland urban interface, and this interaction can put individuals at risk for exposure to wildfire.

Free Fishing Statewide This Weekend

Colorado Free Fishing Weekend

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's annual free fishing weekend takes place June 4-5. Licenses are not required for the weekend, however all other regulations and fees including Bag Limits and the State Park Vehicle Pass apply.

Throughout the remainder of the season, a license is required and is valid for a full year from April 1. One-day licenses can also be purchased.

Independence Pass Set to Open Thursday

Independence Pass to Open May 26, 2016

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews have been working for several weeks to clear the way for an on-target opening of Independence Pass on Thursday, May 26 at Noon.

Last Friday, CDOT crews worked with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) to perform avalanche mitigation to clear up to one dozen slide paths that can impact the road. Necessary work to open the gates may include the following:

  • Clearing avalanche slide paths (up to 12 total)