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The Great Outdoors Colorado board awarded a $1,625,000 grant this month to Central Colorado Conservancy in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust to help conserve four ranches covering more than 2,400 acres in Chaffee County.

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The Ark Valley High Rollers will offer a variety of skating programs this summer, from basic skills to dance skating and skate park skills, utilizing its non-profit status in a new way to form a youth skating club. 

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Rob White worked as park manager of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area for 20 years before retiring June 15. However, he said he enjoyed his position so much that it didn’t really feel like work.

“One of the nicest things of being park manager of the AHRA was the resources and the people,” White said. “Because of the resources and recreation the area provided, it was always a fun job because I got to be part of that experience. Going to work was something that I loved doing because I care about the resource and the people who use it.”

The first rays of light angled up the mountainside, bathing the trunks of the pines in a golden hue. On a level patch of ground we paused to admire the sunrise and drink from water bottles, then pressed on uphill.

A new motorized single-track trail is being built in the Four Mile Travel Management Area near Buena Vista. 

The trail, which will be called “Dud Bob’s” after a couple of dirt bikers who spearheaded the effort, will be an intermediate 6-mile trail that connects with the Triad Ridge trails near Chinaman’s Gulch on Bureau of Land Management land.

The U.S. Forest Service has postponed until fall its closure of CR 322, the Mount Princeton Road, for repairs. 

Jen Swacina, Forest Service customer service representative, said the work is required because of failed water bars that have caused erosion down the width of the road.


Salida Recreation Department and Judy Fenner Tennis will start offering youth tennis lessons in Salida again this week.

Mid-June is not usually a time associated with fishing the Ark, especially from a boat. Any “normal” year would see the river running too high and murky at this time to make fly fishing either practical or effective. To date, however, 2020 has not been a year that could be described as norma…

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association will reopen youth programs this summer with two weeks of Nature Camp for Salida-area kids ages 7-11. 

Additional programs will be offered in Buena Vista, according to a press release.

The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association reminds photographers that they can enter GARNA’s sixth annual photo contest fundraiser until Sunday.

Those who enter the photo contest today will receive a voucher for five free votes to apply to any photo(s) of their choice. 

For the first time in 40 years, Cotopaxi’s high school football team got to play under the lights on its home field last season. With six construction lights illuminating Tezak Field, the Pirates beat Sierra Grande during their homecoming contest. 

When the very first FIBArk downriver race took place in 1949, only six boaters were brave enough to race 57 miles from Salida to Cañon City. Of the six, only one boat finished. 

As more people head outdoors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported it is seeing an increase in the number of sightings of potential wolves in the state.

“Public reporting vastly increases our ability to know what’s happening across the state,” said Dan Prenzlow, CPW director.

Buena Vista – The Buena Vista Recreation Department will host a volunteer event to rehabilitate the pump track facility at the river park, just east of the BV Community Center, from noon to 4 p.m. June 19 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20.

The North Face and Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office have collaborated to help the Colorado Search and Rescue Association acquire face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for its members and those they assist.


With Salida Mountain Trails’ ShinDig trail workdays paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization turned to a local professional trail builder to help keep the trails in tiptop shape. 


Nine U.S. Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopefuls will bike across Colorado June 19-20, pedaling through Chaffee County along the way.


Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area recently unveiled a new campground on the Arkansas River about 20 miles southeast of Salida near Howard.

The Point Barr campground is a former dispersed camping area that received a facelift in the offseason, according to a press release. Now it is a basic campground featuring 12 campsites, each with a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring.

In preparation for a native cutthroat trout restoration project, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will remove all bag and possession limits, starting Saturday, for fishing on Upper Sand Creek Lake, Lower Sand Creek Lake and Sand Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Grab your pole, bait and tackle because it’s Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced that many of its offices around the state will reopen to the public today while closely following best practices outlined in Colorado’s safer-at-home public health order.


by Cody Olivas

Mail Staff Writer

A fatal, highly infectious calicivirus that affects rabbits and other lagomorph animals has been found in Colorado but has not reached Chaffee County. 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed that rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus serotype-2 (RHDV-2) was first found in wild cottontails April 17 in Alamosa County. 

Chaffee County Fairgrounds will reopen its riding arenas to the public beginning today, with hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In keeping with Gov. Jared Polis’ executive orders, all groups and individuals will be asked to limit riding in arenas to 10 people at a time, according to a press release.

So far, so good – the day had proceeded according to plan. I’d left town early, hiked several miles into the mountains in the cool of morning, had a close encounter with iconic wildlife, and now I sat on a knoll overlooking the lake I’d come to fish, watching several large cutthroat trout cr…

After nearly a two-year wait, Colorado Parks and Wildlife hatchery staff and biologists in Durango have spawned a new lineage of Colorado River cutthroat trout that were rescued from a remote stream during the 416 Fire in 2018.


The Arkansas River is slowly rising with spring melt-off.

River flow at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday measured 1,630 cubic feet per second at the Salida station


The appearance of people on motorized personal watercraft on the Arkansas River Sunday took some Salidans by surprise. 


Eleven teams of two hit the course Monday to compete in Salida Women’s Golf Association’s Memorial Day Tournament at the Salida Golf Club.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve will increase recreation access through a phased approach beginning June 3, following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.

The U.S. Forest Service San Isabel National Forest – Salida Ranger District is seeking comments on a proposal that would reopen CR 101 Bear Creek Road and CR 108 Methodist Mountain Road to motorized vehicles, yet prohibit camping along the roads and within the Decker Fire burn area for up to…


Buena Vista – Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer season in Buena Vista, beginning with CKS Paddlefest, although this year’s Paddlefest isn’t traditional.

The Salida Youth Baseball Organization is discussing options to give local 5- to 12-year-olds a chance to participate in baseball activities this summer. 

It seemed an appropriate way to celebrate the completion of my 60th journey around the sun. I’d rise early, head to the mountains and then with a pack on my back hike to a lake a friend had told me about, a couple of miles inside a wilderness area.

Life Time, owner of the Leadville Race Series, announced Wednesday that all 2020 Leadville-based mountain bike and running events will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments until June 17 on an environmental assessment released Monday that analyzes alternatives for managing more than 1,870 miles of inventoried roads and trails across approximately 638,195 acres of BLM-administered lands in Moffat and Routt counties.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a new online program in three Colorado field offices that will enable the public to purchase permits for fuelwood online.

A digital presence is essential in today’s business climate, the leader of a Snowsports Industries America virtual town hall said Thursday.

With its ski season cut short this year and uncertainties surrounding next season, for the first time Monarch Mountain is guaranteeing its season pass holders that its lifts will spin at least 90 days next season.

April brought below-average precipitation across all of Colorado, with extremely dry conditions in the southern part of the state. 

All major basins in the southern half of the state received less than 50 percent of average precipitation, with the Rio Grande Basin receiving just 16 percent of its average precipitation.

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