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~ Chris Tomer ~I’ve been working on quantifying the melt-out dates for Summer hi…

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~ Chris Tomer ~


I’ve been working on quantifying the melt-out dates for Summer hikers/climbers/bikers for the last couple days. Keep in mind these are “most likely dates” based on statistics at particular elevations. It’s sourced from NRCS SNOTEL data. Additional storm systems could delay these projections. And, there will certainly be pockets of deep snow in couloirs, higher elevations, and shaded areas beyond these dates so take traction and pack accordingly.
*Next 45 days:
The best data suggests “Below Normal Temperatures in CO and Above Normal Precipitation”. This would delay melting.
**Planning Ahead:
Memorial Day Weekend: Plan on deep snowpack in most zones at mid and high elevations.
July 4 Weekend: Pockets of deep snowpack lingering at mid and high elevations mixed with complete melt-out in spots. May still need traction.
***Note: “Melt-out” does not mean 100% free of visual snow every where you look. It refers to these NRCS SNOTEL automated sensors being free of snow. We’ll have visual snow well into July.

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This past weekend, employees from the BLM-Gunnison Field Office and 18 volunteer…

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This past weekend, employees from the BLM-Gunnison Field Office and 18 volunteers from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) joined CFI’s Adopt-a-Peak crew to complete a trail stabilization project on the Grizzly Gulch trail approaching Handies Peak. The crew constructed 115 timber check steps along three miles of the trail. Thanks for all of your hard work!

Check out VOC’s post for more photos from the project: https://www.facebook.com/pg/volunteersforoutdoorcolorado/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156784731497476.





This past weekend, BLM-Gunnison Field Office staff, 18 volunteers from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative crewmembers completed a trail stabilization project on the Grizzly Gulch Trail in the San Juan Mountains.

Staff and volunteers constructed 115 timber check steps along three miles of the trail, which provides access to Handies Peak (14,048’). Their work stabilized a section of trail to prevent erosion and created a route that is safer for hikers.

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Governor Jared Polis is signing an executive order ensuring conservation of Colo…

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Governor Jared Polis is signing an executive order ensuring conservation of Colorado’s big game winter range & migration corridors.

We’ll be working with the CO Dept. of Natural Resources and CDOT to research, identify opportunities and execute projects that protect habitat.

I’m excited to be here in Idaho Springs to sign an executive order that will help protect Colorado wildlife! Ensuring intact seasonal habitats, and the migratory routes that connect those habitats, are vital to ensuring Colorado’s wildlife populations continue to thrive.

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12 scenic drives to see fall colors in Colorado

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12 scenic drives to see fall colors in Colorado

Here’s your go-to guide for seeing fall foliage across the beautiful Centennial State—all from the comfort of your vehicle.

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