Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced that some State Wildlife Areas in southwest Colorado are now closed to the public.
CPW did say some state parks will remain open, but due to the current fire conditions and recently closed public lands, a number of other areas will be closed. The closures will include in and near Durango the Bodo, Perins Peak, Haviland Lake, Devil Creek and Williams Creek wildlife areas.
The Bayfield Lion’s Club Shooting Range will also be closed until further noticed, according to CPW. West of Durango in Dolores and Montezuma Counties, Lone Dome and Fish Creek State Wildlife areas are included in the closures.
“We regret having to enact these closures, but we do so in an effort to protect the public and protect natural resources. These measures will also help with compliance to the recent closures enacted by the U.S. Forest Service and La Plata County,” said Adrian Archuleta, a District Wildlife Manager with CPW.
CPW does want to remind the public of the places that will remain open, and ask people to comply with the local current fire restrictions. Those open areas include, Echo Canyon SWA in Archuleta County; Pastorious SWA in La Plata County; in Montezuma and Dolores counties — Summit, Puett, Narraguinnep, Totten, Twin Spruce, Dolores River, Joe Moore and Ground Hog Reservoir state wildlife areas.
The Navajo State Park in Archuleta County, Mancos State Park in Montezuma County are also open, and both offer camping, hiking, fishing and other reactions, according to CPW.