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Nature & Wildlife
2016 October/November
Pg 12 - The Sunshine Express
2016 Hunter Education Program Updates
Colorado offers a Test-Out Option to traditional
hunter ed, and an Apprentice Hunter Certificate
Note: These program updates only apply to in-
dividuals born on or after 1/1/1949 who do not
have a hunter education card.
Colorado law requires that anyone born on or
after January 1, 1949, complete an approved
hunter education course before applying for or
buying a Colorado hunting license. Colorado
Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Courses, led
by certified volunteer hunter education instruc-
tors and/or CPW staff, are offered throughout the
state year round.
Courses are offered in several formats:
Traditional Classes - Students complete the
course in a classroom setting that includes lec-
tures, hands-on activities and videos. cpw.state.
Internet Course + Conclusion Class - Stu-
dents complete a portion of the course online at
their convenience, and then attend a shorter class
than required by the traditional course. cpw.state.
Bowhunter Education Class - Bowhunter edu-
cation is not a required course in Colorado, but
is offered as an opportunity to learn additional
Must Have Hunter Education
Up the I-70 Corridor
During the fall months, the drive up the I-70
corridor from Denver to Glenwood Springs is
an unparalleled trip through the heart of the
Rockies. Golden aspens paint the landscape on
your way to Sylvan Lake, Rife Falls, Rifle Gap
and Harvey Gap state parks.
Pikes Peak to River Country
Come see nature¡¯s canvas in the Pikes Peak
region of Colorado. Golds, reds and oranges
guide your tour from Colorado Springs to
Buena Vista. Along the way, stop to enjoy the
incredible views at Cheyenne Mountain State
Park, Mueller State Park, Eleven Mile State
Park and Arkansas Headwaters Recreation
Area. Spend the afternoon meandering along
the twists and turns of the mighty Arkansas
River, as you discover Colorado¡¯s river country.
The Western Slope via the Vineyards
Pack up the car and spend a week on the road.
Visit the Western Slope wine country this fall.
Rush to the gold at the Colorado River State
Park and Highline Lake State Park near Grand
Junction. Then journey south to Ridgway State
Park where you can experience the grandeur
and ruggedness of the San Juan Mountains.
Fall in the Four Corners
Southwest Colorado brings a new and different
flavor to fall color viewing. Desert mountains,
buttes and mesas are highlighted by pockets of
colorful brilliance. Two reservoirs, Navajo and
Mancos state parks, offer a multitude of op-
portunities for you. Escape the crowded cities
and rejuvenate in historic southern Colorado.
Legendary Colors
Many state parks are located along some of
the most scenic drives in Colorado, provid-
ing the perfect landscape for a weekend
getaway to enjoy Colorado¡¯s fall splendor.
Autumn in the Canyons
Located near the Denver metro area,
Golden Gate Canyon State Park and El-
dorado Canyon State Park each provide a
spectacular display of the annual fall gold
rush. The two parks are about 30 miles
apart, allowing fall color fans to visit both
parks in the same day.
The Forests of Northern Colorado
Experience the beauty of Colorado¡¯s tim-
berland beginning just 75 miles west of
Fort Collins. State Forest, Steamboat Lake
and Pearl Lake state parks beckon visitors
to take a weekend away from the city. Find
fall in the forest amid quiet paths covered
in pine needles.
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises resi-
dents to rush for the gold - and red, yellow, orange
and brown - in one of Colorado¡¯s 42 state parks
this month. Fall is officially here and Colorado state
parks provide some of the Centennial State¡¯s best
showcases for changing nature.
Fall means dramatic changes to aspen trees,
blooming saffron crocuses and unique animal mat-
ing rituals such as elk bugling, all of which are ac-
cessible in Colorado state parks.
Fall is the perfect time to picnic near the water at
Rifle Falls State Park (near Glenwood Springs),
camp on the shore of Lake Trinidad in Trinidad Lake
State Park (near New Mexico), see some moose in
State Forest State Park (near Fort Collins) or take
photos of the Grand Mesa in Ridgway State Park
(near Grand Junction).
Many Colorado state parks provide programs and
activities to maximize time-limited features of the
season. Families and park fans can learn about
mule deer or bird watching in Roxborough State
Park (near Denver), join the fall hiking challenge or
start geocaching at Mueller State Park (near Colora-
do Springs), attend a family fishing clinic at Golden
Gate Canyon State Park (near Boulder) or learn
archery at Cheyenne Mountain State Park (near
Colorado Springs).
With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking
and horseback riding as well as a wide variety of
camping options, Colorado State Parks are sure to
have a trail or site to fit every age, ability and inter-
For help deciding, use the Colorado Parks and
Wildlife¡¯s online park finder tool:
For camping questions and reservations, call toll
free at 1.800.678.CAMP or 303.470.1144 (Denver
metro area).
State park entry is $7-$9 daily per car or visitors
may purchase an annual Colorado State Parks Pass
for $70. Most additional events on state park land
are free. For more information or to register for an
event visit:
Hundreds Of Miles Of Trails
Gold Rush, Colorado Style
Eight Great Car Trips to Enjoy Fall Colors
Whether it¡¯s a spectacular walk under an umbrella
of aspen trees along the Colorado River, or viewing
brilliant shrubs and scrub oak at Roxborough, Colo-
rado¡¯s state parks offer you the best way to experi-
ence fall in Colorado.
Check the Park Finder for current conditions: cpw.
Wind your way
through the extreme
southern portion of
Colorado on the
Highway of Legends.
This extraordinary
drive ties together
Trinidad Lake State
Park and Lathrop
State Park, with the
Purgatoire Valley, the
Culebra Range of the
Sangre de Cristo
Mountains and
Cuchara Valley in
between. Several
14,000ft peaks and
dozens of aspen
groves are speckled
throughout the drive.
Grand Mesa Trip
Fall brings crimson
splashes and splat-
ters of saffron to the
valleys and moun-
tains of Grand Mesa.
The mild climate
encourages a variety
of wildlife to wander
in the dense forests
of the area. Come
explore Vega, Paonia
and Crawford state
parks while touring
the fall colors of the
Western Slope.
(source: cpw.state.