Arroyo Trailhead Wildlife Closure Information
The Arroyo Trailhead parking lot will be closed starting this Friday, January 22, 2021, and remain closed through April 15, 2021. The closure is to help with compliance of winter wildlife closures on the nearby trails and open space.
During the warm months, the Arroyo Trailhead is a great location to park, learn about the Town of Eagle Open Space and Trails, or use the restroom before heading out to the trails in Eagle Ranch or the Hardscrabble area. However, in the winter months, this region is an important winter range for elk and mule deer. These animals need undisturbed access to these low-lying areas to survive the harsh winter. Human activity of any kind can displace and stress wintering elk and deer. With little food available and deep snow to navigate, this stress is often life threatening.
The Town of Eagle is respectfully asking everyone to do their part – respect the trail closures, educate others and give our wildlife in the valley a fighting chance to make it through the harsh winters. To help aid with respect of the seasonal wildlife closures, the Arroyo Trailhead parking area will be closed starting Friday, January 22 to all vehicles. The restrooms will still be opened and maintained for walkers on the Eagle Ranch recreation paths. Thank you in advance for helping to protect wildlife in the Eagle area!
As a reminder, seasonal winter trail closures are currently in effect for trails around the Town of Eagle.
Trails Closed from December 15 – April 15 annually to all user groups from the Town of Eagle
1. Horton Street Trailhead (School House Rock trail)
2. Abrams Ridge, Abrams Creek, and Abrams Gulch Trails (Silver Spur Trailhead)
3. Hernage Gulch
4. LOV Connection Trail
5. Trails accessed from Arroyo Trailhead (includes: Third Gulch, Bailey’s, Second Gulch, Mayer Gulch, Turniphead and Wall)
6. Third Loop of Haymaker (including Extra Credit)
Trails Closed from December 1 – June 30 annually to all users
1. 3 Sisters Trail- Eagle County Open Space
Trails Closed from December 1 – April 15 to mechanized travel and dogs
1. Pool & Ice Descent
2. Dirt Surfer
4. Will’s Thrill
5. Road Gulch
***Hardscrabble Mountain trails are closed to vehicles and bicycles from January 16 – April 15. Prior to January 16th, access to Hardscrabble is only permitted by the BLM from Gypsum via Spring Creek Road gate, or via Hardscrabble Road off Brush Creek Road until the gate is closed by the U.S. Forest Service.***
Trails that are OPEN to recreation year-round:
2. Bellyache Road
3. Redneck Ridge
4. Haymaker Trail (loops 1 and 2)
5. Town of Eagle and Eagle Ranch paved recreation paths
6. Eagle Ranch golf course paths – Please observe signage posted by the HOA and golf course personnel
7. Salt Creek loop - Eagle County Open Space
For questions or additional information, please reach out to the Town of Eagle Open Space and Trails program at 970-328-6678 x542.