background image
Nature & Wildlife
2017 February/March
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
The Black Canyon Hunt & Outdoor Expo returns
to Grand Junction on Friday & Saturday, March
17-18, 2017.
Presented by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
and brought to you by Eventive-Events.
With a storied outdoor tradition, the Western
Slope of Colorado is the perfect location for this
type of event. Come and see the wide variety of
products and services that all the exhibitors have
to offer.
This two day event is jam packed with seminars,
events and activities, speakers, demonstrations,
amazing prizes and more.
Join us to find the outdoor adventures that you
have been searching for.
Expo hours are: Friday 1-7p and Saturday 9a-6p.
Cost is $6 day admission or $10 for a 2 day pass.
The Black Canyon Hunt & Outdoor Expo will be
held at the Two Rivers Convention Center, 159
Main St, Grand Junction.
Call for details 970.209.8221 or 970.275.6547 or
Also you are invited to attend the Rocky mountain
Elk Foundation banquet on March 11, 2017. For
more information about the banquet please call
spot,¡± said Margaret Taylor, CPW assistant
director for capital, parks and trails. ¡°Cabins
and yurts are typically booked first, followed
by sites with electrical and water hook-ups and
then tent camping sites.¡±
Over Memorial Day weekend, only three state
parks still have wide availability. Mancos State
Park and Paonia State Park, in southwest Colo-
rado, and Yampa River State Park, in north-
western Colorado, have reservations available
in all locations. Mancos, which is a 40 minute
drive west of Durango, offers yurts as well as
tent camping.
Also over Memorial Day weekend, some basic
spots, including some with electrical hook-ups,
are still available in the Arkansas Headwaters
Recreation Area and tent spots are available
at Cheyenne Mountain, Mueller and Golden
Gate Canyon state parks near Denver, as well
as Stagecoach, State Forest, Steamboat and
Sylvan state parks.
Over Independence Day weekend, some prime
spots including some cabins are available now
at Boyd Lake, Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Golden
Gate Canyon, Ridgway, St. Vrain, State Forest
and Vega state parks.
Make your campsite, cabin, yurt or RV site
reservations online at the CPW website or by
calling 303-470-1144 (Denver) or 1-800-678-
2267 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
M.T. Knowledgeable agents can help you find
the right spot for your getaway or you can use
the park finder online.
Reservations are strongly recommended,
Make camping reservations now
for Memorial Day & July 4
DENVER: Colorado Parks and Wildlife re-
minds campers that now is the time to make
reservations for popular camping locations
in the spring and summer. Many state park
camping locations are already booked over
Memorial Day but expeditious campers can
still snag some prime locations for the May
or July 4 holidays.
¡°Camping spots in parks near Denver are of-
ten booked six months in advance, so plan-
ning ahead is the best way to secure a prime
Second Chance Humane Society presents:
10th Annual Wine & Whiskers Weekend!
Thursday March 9th, 6:30-8:30p: Opening Night
Mixer featuring the Fashion Cabaret combining
fashion (straight from the Second Chance Thrift
Shop), dance, and music for a high energy perfor-
A silent auction, light fare and cash bar round out
the evening.
Saturday March 11th - 5:30p-midnight: Gala
Event which includes delectable catered fare
(Catered by Honga Im), silent & live auctions,
the Fashion Cabaret - all concluding with a dance
Join us for Happy Hour from 5:30-6:30pm for a
FREE drink.
Tickets are $15 in advance for Thursday night
($20/door) and $45 in advance ($50/door) for
Saturday night.
Both events occur at Ouray County Event Center
in Ridgway.
Call 970.626.2273 for details on volunteering,
sponsorship or auction donations.
Visit for online ticket
sales or purchase at Second Chance Thrift Shops
in Ridgway and Telluride.
VIP Sleep & Soak Packages available for out
of town W&W guests at: or
Discount Shuttle Services provided by Western
Slope Rides (WSR) at: or call
Food, Fashion, Music, Fun!
Camp Spots Going Fast
Find Your Outdoor Adventure
especially during
summer months.
can be made six
months in advance
or three days
before the camp
Any sites not
reserved within
this window are
available on a first-
come, first-serve
You¡¯ll find more
options on week-
days during the
summer if you are
reserving less than
six months in ad-
Many of our sites
are ADA accessible.
Many of our camp-
sites are open year-
A nonrefundable
reservation fee ap-
plies to bookings.
Visitors must
purchase a daily
or annual entrance
pass in addition to
paying camping and
reservation fees.
Colorado has 42
state parks with
multiple options for
RV hookups, camp
sites, cabins and
yurts. Download
the state parks bro-
chure on the CPW
website for more
(source: Colorado
Parks & Wildlife)
Man¡¯s best friend becomes
wildlife officer¡¯s secret weapon
COLORADO SPRINGS: ¡°Twenty years ago, the
agency had 135 wildlife officers,¡± said Area 14
District Wildlife Manager Philip Gurule. ¡°Today we
have 135 wildlife officers, but what has Colorado¡¯s
population done in that time?¡±
It¡¯s essentially increased by two million people
which means more are participating in the abun-
dance of outdoor recreation opportunities the
state has to offer, including hunting, sometimes
¡°Having a trained dog is like growing our of-
ficer core without adding significant costs,¡± said
Gurule, who lobbied Colorado Parks and Wildlife
for support and found outside donation funding
to allow him to begin a pilot program of using a
dual-purpose dog for officer protection and wild-
life detection.
Sci is a two-year-old Dutch Shepherd, trained
in handler protection and suspect apprehension
as well as odor detection to sniff out wild game,
making it easier for Gurule and the Area 14 wild-
life officers to find evidence of poaching.
Sci is named for Safari Club International, the
Colorado Chapter of which donated the money to
buy and train him for his work alongside Gurule.
K9 Program Seeks Support