Steamboat Springs The Bureau of Land Management announced Monday that the seasonal closure of the Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area near Steamboat Springs has been lifted earlier than normal this year because of mild weather. The end of the closure means the Beall Trail is now officially open to hikers and mountain bikers. The Beall Trail starts at Cow Creek Road and winds up to the top of Emerald Mountain, where it then connects to the extensive trail network on the Steamboat Springs side of the mountain.
The majority of the Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area is closed from Dec. 1 to June 30 every year to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a news release from the BLM. The closed area is bordered on the north by the Ridge Trail, which isn’t subject to the closure.
“After discussions with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, all public lands at the Emerald Mountain SRMA will be open for recreational use due to the warm weather this year,” BLM field manager Wendy Reynolds said in the news release.
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