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Camp
January 27th, 2010, 10:35 AM
I know this is outside of the rules of the park so, I have to ask what are the penalties and why do you think the rule is what it is.

Saturday is a full moon and I have a lady friend that I've been talking to about hiking or snowshoeing that night, by moon light, no lamps. I'd like to go out in Falcon park but, like most parks, there is a sign that says the park closes at sundown. Obviously driving up there there and parking would be a bad idea. What do you think they would do if they caught you in the park after dark, on foot? What do you think the reason is for the parks being closed at dark? Is it just to keep rifraf out?

:beer:

Camp
January 27th, 2010, 11:01 AM
Well, I found part of the answer. Here are the listed times and penalties for breaking the curfew, from the Jeffco Open Space site:


C.21. Curfew:
a) It shall be unlawful to enter, use, or occupy, Open Space
lands from one (1) hour after sunset to one (1) hour before
sunrise. Fine: $50.00
b) It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle and/or trailer on
Open Space lands during the established curfew without a
valid camping permit clearly posted on said vehicle.
Fine: $50.00

Steve
January 27th, 2010, 11:03 AM
why do you think the rule is what it is.

It's called the George Michael rule. Prior to his public restroom escapades there was no curfew anywhere in the world for parks and open spaces. :D

Camp
January 27th, 2010, 11:11 AM
It's called the George Michael rule. Prior to his public restroom escapades there was no curfew anywhere in the world for parks and open spaces. :D


Hmmm......that is reason enough to go snowshoe on Mt. Evans in the dark as opposed to a park :D

meatblanket
January 27th, 2010, 01:18 PM
Park rangers don't like to walk, so I doubt you would get caught unless you left a vehicle in the parking area. If you did that, then they might sit there and wait for you.

As for the rationale behind the rule, I haven't a clue, unless it really does have something to do with George Michael.:D

Camp
January 27th, 2010, 01:36 PM
I have no need to bend the park rangers out of shape so, I won't be going to open space but, I am curious of the driver behind the rule.

Now I just need to find an equally convenient place to snowshoe that night. Since it is supposed to start snowing up there tonight, we might even get some fresh tracks if I can find a decent place to go that isn't breaking any rules for being outside in the dark :D

theirishavenger
March 10th, 2010, 08:41 AM
Maybe because dark tends to increase the chance of an accident, and since a SAR effort tends to be expensive, they're trying to cut the expense and put the odds more in their favor by having people recreate in the daylight? Just theorizing.:shrug: