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Release Date: 05/14/12
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008    

Emerald Mountain trails open early (05-14-12)

CRAIG, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management has lifted the seasonal closures in the Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area near Steamboat Springs early this year due to unseasonable warm weather.

The majority of the Emerald Mountain SRMA is normally closed from Dec. 1 to June 30 to protect wintering and calving elk. Only the Ridge Trail and the area north of the Ridge Trail are open during the closure period. This closure corresponds with Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east of the SRMA and the Humble Ranch property to the southeast. 

“After discussions with CPW, all public lands at the Emerald Mountain SRMA will be open for recreational use due to the warm weather this year,” said BLM Field Manager Wendy Reynolds. 
For further information, contact Gina Robison at (970) 826-5083, or log on to

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 05-14-2012