ELDORADO SPRINGS, CO - An active golden eagle nest was discovered recently in Eldorado Canyon State Park, near Rattlesnake Gulch. Staff from the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks along with Colorado Parks and Wildlife have decided to close a 1-mile segment of the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail to protect the nesting and roosting sites until the eaglets have fledged, approximately mid-July.
The majority of the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is out of sight of the nest and access to the old Crags Hotel Ruins and the Continental Divide Overlook will remain open for hiking and mountain biking.
Human disturbances near the nest can cause abandonment and nest failure. As human actions and breeding and prey habitat loss continue to impact eagle populations, it is even more essential that visitors to their homes respect these temporary restrictions.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer raptor monitor, please contact the park at (303) 494-3943.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado's 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado's economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state's favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visitwww.parks.state.co.us