Mar 17, 2014 6:11 PM by Matt Prichard

Questions circle around trail closures

Mountain bikers are hitting the brakes in Bear Creek after some of their favorite trails were shutdown. 

"I feel like Colorado Springs is known for great trails, and the Jones Park downhill trail specifically is one of the top ones in the area. So it's just a little sad that that section is closed," said Colorado Springs resident, Josh Klute.

The question for many is why, and the answer is two-fold: Flooding and a rare fish that calls the park home, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout. 

"The closures are because of the flooding and the condition of the trails. The fish is a separate but related issue that they're currently exploring the future management policies of the area," said Rocky Mountain Field Institute Executive Director, Rebecca Jewett. 

But for land owners the real question is how to protect the fish while also letting locals enjoy the park.

"Since it's the only location for this specific species of trout, land management agencies in the area have basically had to take a hard look at the area and look at the uses, and how to best protect the habitat for this fish," said Jewett.

A reopen date hasn't been set, and bikers are growing impatient but add that they want what's best for the park before they're allowed back on the trails.

"I'd like to see it stay open, but understandably there's a lot of issues going on so hopefully the city and the county and whoever else is involved can get it figured out," said Klute.

Multiple agencies are currently working on the area and we will keep you updated as more details become available on the closure situation.



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