Mountain bikers on the G.E.M. trail
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Camping and Hiking in Bear Country

Bears are part of the wild places that make Colorado special, so we ask people to follow some easy steps that will help keep our bears wild – Be Bear Aware!

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Mountain bikers on the GEM trail

Colorado’s G.E.M. Trail

The 3.4-mile multi-use trail climbs 424 feet to the summit of Buffalo Mountain. At a peak elevation of more than 10,000 feet, the GEM offers some of the most expansive and scenic views in all of Routt County.

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CPW Focuses on Boreal Toad Survival

In mid-September Biologist Dan Cammack walked slowly along the edge of a boggy pond in the San Juan Mountains high above the San Luis Valley and peered into the mud and black water looking for a camouflaged critter the size of a dime.

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Into the Dark – A Night of Bats

Wearing waders and lots of bug spray, Lance, fellow bat Biologist Heather Halbritter, several other CPW staff, and I were going out every 15 minutes to the river below us hoping to catch a specific nocturnal animal: a bat.

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Chasing Colorado’s Cottontails

For anyone interested in becoming a hunter, or interested in mentoring a friend or family member, small game hunting is a very logical entry point – and cottontail rabbits are a particularly good place to start.

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The Pronghorn Rut

When most think of the rut in Colorado, their minds picture bugling, battling, big-boy bull elk; mule deer bucks locking antlers in Greco-Romanesque scuffles; whitetail bucks laser focused on tending to their does; and the NFL-helmet-on-helmet-like crash of bighorn rams. What few picture is the equally impressive battles and behaviors that take place during the pronghorn rut.

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