Amen brotha Dave!
Full agreement there.ignazjr said:it's a waste of tax money to have rangers patrolling the parks at night.
As far as Boulder goes, the city trails are all legal. Namely the Marshall Mesa area, I don't know if any specific off-limits trails in city land. Someone correct me if I am wrong.dash said:How about a list of free for all local legal night riding areas? Post your favorites. Mine is the Longmont Bike path(St Vrain Greenway) There's some cool sections of singletrack along the river with berms and jumps. It's no Hall ranch but I get my fix for a day or so.
Are you a wildlife biologist?Stefan_G said:Full agreement there.
Wish they would simply change the rules for night closures. Typically, reasons for the closures i've seen are for not disturbing "nocturnal creatures" or "giving nature a break from humans". Both of these reasons seem patently ridiculous to me. What about "non-nocturnal creatures" we "disturb" every time we ride during the day? And how much traffic would the trails see at night anyway? Well, maybe a lot this time of year since it's mostly night...
You sound very informed. Please shed some light on this dark subject.zrm said:Nope, but I've hired a few of them to work on NEPA documents and term special use permits. I've also done trail planning and race planning in conjunction with them. I've plowed through a mind numbing amount of documents on the Federal Register in regard to impacts of recreation on wildlife in general and diurnal and nocturnal animals in particular.
It's not the video that has the descriptionstarladear said:I just youtubed Hall ranch and one of the first things that pop up is a night riding video of Hall featured by Redstone????
Tell me that's not you
was it?We had a group of guys doing trail maintenance at Hall Ranch instead of our normal Tuesday ride. Since we worked until dark, we had the caretaker/ranger's ok to ride out with lights. Sweet!
This is the logic that I don't understand. What made it OK to ride there at night with the ranger's permission vs. any other time?ignazjr said:Since we worked until dark, we had the caretaker/ranger's ok to ride out with lights. Sweet!
No time limit at either, except for Lory's gate closing. Park outside and ride in.sgltrak said:Fort Collins city open space is open 5am to 11pm except Bobcat Ridge.
The areas open until 11 include:
Coyote Ridge to the lookout
Reservoir Ridge / Michaud.
It's more to cut down on underage drinking/other illegal activities, than a resource issue. We had several serious accidents/deaths involving "party'rs" several years back around Horsetooth Res.and that's when they instituted the partial night closures.Stefan_G said:This is the logic that I don't understand. What made it OK to ride there at night with the ranger's permission vs. any other time?
I want to be clear that I am not advocating that people go and break the current rules and regulations. I am, however, questioning the reasoning behind what (to me) seems to be a rather arbitrary restriction.