Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have partnered to create WildLives, listen to your better nature. Join us in our mission to respectfully and safely interact with wildlife and learn how to protect this natural resource.

Pitkin County Open Spaces & Trails
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Do Not Disturb

In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. “Wildlife” is just that—wild. Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters occur because people fail to leave the animals alone.

Learn Why

What do you do when you encounter wildlife?

  • STOP

  • Hold up your thumb toward the animal

  • If it is larger than your thumb, you are too close.
    Back up.

Don't be dumb, use your thumb

Enjoy wildlife from a distance. Avoid negative encounters by not harassing or feeding wildlife. Intentional or inadvertent feeding is a major cause of most wildlife problems. It is illegal in Colorado to feed wildlife such as, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bears.

Learn How

Days until trails open

Check if your trail is open

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The Crown
(Opens 5/16)

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Government Trail
(Opens 6/28)

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Sky Mountain Park
(Opens 5/16)