Seasonal Wildlife Trail Closures
Seasonal Wildlife Closures
Every spring and winter on Forest Service land, BLM in Eagle, Eagle Open Space, Eagle County Open Space, and the West Avon Preserve there are several trail closures that may alter bikers and hikers plans.
The reasons for the trail closures are deer and elk winter range, calving, and migration. Spring is a sensitive time of year for pregnant and nursing females. It is a fact that minimizing human disturbance with seasonal trail closures gives the animals time and space to nurse calves until they are strong enough to move with the herds.
The closures are there for the protection of wildlife during the sensitive birthing period and to protect soils, vegetation, watershed and fisheries during the mud season. We ask that you respect the following closures out of concern for our natural environment.
Beaver Creek Seasonal Trail Closures from May 6 – June 30
West Avon Preserve Seasonal Trail Closures: December 15 – April 15
- All West Avon Preserve Trails except Our Backyard, PB&J, and Beaver Creek Point.
- Knob Hill (Forest Service)
Other Seasonal Trail Closures:
December 1 – April 15
December 1 – May 1
What Trails Are Open?
Muddy trails are always closed trails. These trails are open (pending conditions):
Mountain Biking, Hiking, & Equestrian Trails:
Hiking/Equestrian Trails Only:
*Forest Service Trails Closed to wheeled vehicles November 23 – May 22
How You Can Help? Become a Wildlife Trail Ambassador
Protect our wildlife, protect our trails. Become a Wildlife Trail Ambassador. Watch our 2020 training videos and learn about the science, data, and importance of why seasonal wildlife closures exist. Do your part and help educate and inform trail users on the importance of respecting seasonal wildlife trail closures, trail etiquette, and leaven no trace principles.