Report last updated: 7/13/2017
Please be prepared for snowpacked, icy and/or muddy conditions. Yak-trax or similar traction aids recommended. If extremely muddy conditions exist, trails may be closed to protect them from damage. Please stay on trail and do not go around muddy spots. If people go around muddy areas, the trail widens and vegetation is trampled. A widened trail is very difficult and expensive to restore. Thank you for helping to keep your open spaces beautiful!
Parts of both trail loops incorporate old ranch roads. Other portions of these ranch roads are not part of the trail system. Watch for the trail directional markers with the "3-Bar" and “OT” trail symbols on them. Please don't go on the roads with NO PUBLIC ACCESS signs.
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Weather conditions can change rapidly in backcountry areas. Dress in layers, carry extra clothing, and be prepared for cold, wet and stormy weather.
Mule deer, elk, coyotes, bobcats and sometimes bears can be seen. An occasional bighorn sheep has been seen passing through the open space.
Nearly every day you will see the resident Red-tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles and occasionally a Bald Eagle hunting for rodents, rabbits and fish.
Fishing is permitted upstream from the bridge to the private property line to the north and west. There is private property north and south of Eagle's Nest Open Space. Please honor the NO TRESPASSING signs. Remember, a valid fishing license is required, and we recommend using only artificial lures and to practice "catch and release."
During the big game season, archery and muzzleloader hunting is allowed on weekdays only at Eagle's Nest Open Space. You must possess a valid Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting license for the archery or muzzleloading season.
Hunters are also allowed to access the U.S. Forest Service land adjacent to Eagle's Nest via the Eagle's Nest trails. Rifle hunters must have their firearms unloaded while passing through Eagle's Nest Open Space. It is your responsibility to know the boundaries between public and private land. A good map and GPS are recommended as part of your hunt. Rifle hunting and small game hunting is not allowed on Eagle's Nest Open Space. Overnight parking is not allowed.
Regulations brochures are available at the trailhead.