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Blue Sky Trail Conditions

Report last updated: 7/30/2016

Current Conditions

Park situation

 

 

The Blue Sky trailhead and Blue Sky trail are OPEN!

The Blue Sky trailhead and Blue Sky trail are OPEN.   Please be prepared for wet & muddy conditions.    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!

The Blue Sky trailhead often reaches capacity during weekends and holidays.  We recommend carpooling, coming during non-peak times, and trying out other less-used open spaces.  Please plan accordingly.  Thanks!

For Natural Resources events and activities, check out the Events Calendar!

Weather conditions can change rapidly at open space areas. Dress in layers, carry extra clothing, and be prepared for cold, wet, and stormy weather.

Wildlife
Mule deer, elk, bobcats, fox, and coyotes are daily residents along the Blue Sky trail.  Tracks and other indications of wildlife can be seen all around if you just take a close look. The best time of day for viewing wildlife is dawn and dusk. The Blue Sky trailhead and trail opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Please time your hike or ride appropriately.

Snake Sightings
In the spring summer and fall the Blue Sky trail is home to many species of snakes, including: Bull Snakes, Racer Snakes, Garter Snakes, Milk Snakes and Prairie Rattlesnakes. It is not unlikely for you to see a snake patrolling through the grass or sunning on the trail during the morning and evening when they are most active. If you encounter a snake, back away slowly and give it several feet of space to retreat. If a ranger is nearby, notify them of the location of the snake if it was close to, or on, the trail. If you are bitten by a rattlesnake, remain calm and dial 911. Remove all jewelry and watches, and immobilize the the bitten limb while keeping the bite site below the heart. 

Bird sightings
Ravens, Golden Eagles, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Great horned Owls, Barn Owls, Swainson's Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie Falcons, American Kestrels, Cliff Swallows and Bullock's Orioles are frequently seen along the Blue Sky trail.  

Activities
See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
Background Image: Dream Lake frozen over in Rocky Mountain National Park by Bryce Bradford. All rights reserved.