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March 13th, 2017, 09:57 AM #1
China Wall Conditions (March 2017)?
I've been considering running China Wall next weekend, but a friend said she was told it is closed. I haven't found any info online. Has anyone been there recently?
March 13th, 2017, 03:57 PM #2
We ran it Christmas day. It was open and hardly any snow.Tire Sheister Extraordinaire!
March 13th, 2017, 04:21 PM #3
It's closed......People that have run it after 1/1/17 are lucky they didn't get a ticket.
From Colorado Four Wheeler's Face book page....
Please find some of the background as to why the China Wall trail is closed until 6/15 annually now. Please do not run this trail until 6/15 or later. There are steep fines for violating this closure!
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep populations have struggled in some areas throughout their range. Primary threats to bighorn sheep include disease transmission from domestic sheep; habitat deterioration, loss, and fragmentation; and human disturbance on critical winter and lambing ranges.
The Tarryall bighorn sheep herd has occupied this area and in the past has also used the area surrounding Box Canyon for lambing. CPW has noted a decline in lambing success and use in the past 10 years associated with an increase in motorized recreation. Historically, this was one of the largest herds (over 1,000) in the state of Colorado when combined with the adjacent Kenosha Mountain herd. Increased stress levels make many species more susceptible to disease.
Bighorn sheep use the Box Canyon area for feeding and lambing more frequently 10 to 15 years ago, but have begun to vacate the area and experience reduced lambing success. Four-wheel-drive roads in the China Wall area provide access into sensitive areas for bighorn sheep. The system roads in the China Wall area allow use that may result in enough stress to pregnant ewes that they lose the pregnancy or are overcome by disease. The increased amount of activity and damage that has resulted from heavy off-road use has impacted habitat and bighorn sheep activity in the area.
This seasonal closure helps to improve conditions for these species during their most sensitive and crucial times of the year when they need to use their energy reserves to stay healthy and survive the winter/spring months and lambing season.
Finding the balance between public motorized access while still protecting wildlife habitat can be difficult for everyone involved (Public, USFS and Wildlife) but ultimately this is the compromise that was reached.1992 Nissan KC SE V-6 | Front Dana 44 | Atlas 5.0 | ARB's | 37 MTR's
March 14th, 2017, 11:32 AM #4