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Colorado offers a variety of river rafting opportunities for all skill levels

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When it comes to river rafting in Colorado, you won't be disappointed. There's a river for everyone, from the extreme whitewater rapids of the Arkansas to the lazy, scenic stretches of the Upper Colorado. To help you decide which river to explore on your next rafting adventure, we've compiled a list of some of the mildest and some of the most intense rivers in Colorado--with their classifications included.

Fishing on the South Fork of the Rio Grande River

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The South Fork of the Rio Grande River provides some of the best fishing opportunities in Colorado. With nearly 20 miles of award-winning Gold Medal Waters, the South Fork boasts a world-class aquatic habitat for fishermen of all ages and skillsets to enjoy. Fish for trout of all sizes, from small brook trout to trophy-sized rainbows. When enjoying the South Fork's fishing opportunities, however, note that anyone 16 years of age or older must have a valid fishing license.

Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range reopens Saturday

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After extensive, internal staff discussions and weeks of listening to public comments, including comments expressed during two meetings in Basalt with more than 400 people in attendance, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will reopen the Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range to the public September 15.

Beginning Saturday, the Basalt State Wildlife Area shooting range hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, until further notice.

Hunting Black Bears in Colorado – What to Know for the 2018 Season

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Hunting the American Black Bear in Colorado is an experience that's both thrilling and rewarding. Due to the state's abundant black bear population, there are plenty of opportunities to secure a trophy or two.

About Colorado's 2018 Black Bear Hunting Season

The timeline for the 2018 Colorado bear hunting season is as follows:

*      Rifle Limited (by draw): September 2-30 

*      Archery (over-the-counter with caps): September 2-30

Colorado Parks promotes viewing of fall colors as trees begin annual change

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Though summer doesn't officially end until September 22, fall colors are already beginning to appear across the State of Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites you to plan your fall excursions, making the most of those fleeting fall colors. Whether you are looking for wildlife viewing, picturesque hiking trails or a scenic foliage drives, Colorado has got it all.

Private-public partnership aids CPW ferret conservation efforts

Outdoors - Colorado Parks Wildlife Mountains Baca National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

Threatening weather didn't deter a team of six Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists as they fanned out last week across 850 acres of Gary and Georgia Walker's cattle ranch in Pueblo County to distribute plague vaccine hidden inside peanut butter pellets.

Several of the biologists walked miles of transects across active prairie dog colonies where black-footed ferrets have been reintroduced, hand-tossing a pellet every eight yards, while a couple rode ATVs equipped with mechanical pellet shooters.