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Outdoors Briefs

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Rifle Gap State Park Complex is offering programs for adults, families and youngsters through the summer with hikes, nature programs and other fun activities to connect kids and adults with nature and the outdoors. The programs are held at Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap state parks. This is a free program and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Although the programs are free, all vehicles entering the park must have a daily pass, $7, or an annual pass, $70. For additional information, call 625-1607. The programs may be canceled if there is lightning or rain. This weekend’s programs are:

Saturday, Sept. 1



Cave exploration

Hike around with Terry Wise, the Great Outdoors Colorado park naturalist to explore the caves at Rifle Falls. Look for signs of bats and learn how Rifle Falls was formed. Can you come up with the animal that helped form our beautiful caves? Meet at the Rifle Falls Wildlife Gazebo at 9:30 a.m.



Put on some sunscreen and a hat and bring along some water. Don’t forget a flashlight, closed-toed shoes, and long pants. You will get dusty!

Wildlife at Rifle Falls

Curious about the wild animals that live at Rifle Falls? Join Wise for one of Rifle Falls’ most popular programs. Stop at the interpretive table to learn how to recognize clues and figure out the skulls and skins that give insight into the identity and behavior of native Colorado animals. Meet at the Rifle Falls Wildlife Gazebo at 12:30 p.m.

Sing around the camp fire

Relive the western cowpunchers tradition of songs around the campfire. After a long day’s work, the typical cowboy wanted to do more than just eat and hit the hay. Come join the “The Gap Band” for a one-time-only evening sing-a-long. Meet at Rifle Falls State Park at 7:45 p.m.

Bring flashlights and a lawn chair or blanket to the campfire pit, along with a roasting stick and ingredients to make s’mores. No other seating is available.

Sunday, Sept. 2

Rifle Gap, Harvey Gap predators

What would you do if you see a bear, coyote or mountain lion? Can you discourage predators from visiting your yard or campsite? Wise will answer these questions and more. Meet at Rifle Gap swim beach at 11:30 a.m., or at Harvey Gap swim beach at 1 p.m.

Wild about bats

It’s the last bat hike of the summer 2012 season. The bats have been out and about at Rifle Falls. Now, it’s time for the bats to head south for their winter roost.

Celebrate bats by joining Wise for an interactive presentation on everything you wanted to know about bats, but were afraid to ask. Learn some amazing number facts about bats, take a Myth Buster’s group quiz, learn about their biology, ecological role and the challenges these amazing critters are facing. Meet at Rifle Falls Mountain Mist Amphitheatre at 7:45 p.m.

Bring your flashlights, as the group will hike and observe bat flight patterns while they munch on their supper. Remember: This is nature. They may have started heading south already. Are they still here at Rifle Falls?


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