Colorado’s newest state park plans partial weekend opening

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A couple watches from the overlook along Highway 36 as a smoke plume grows from several wildfires burning in northern and western Colorado, sending smoke on to the eastern plains Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, near Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — A small portion of the newest state park in Colorado is scheduled to open beginning this weekend.

Fishers Peak State Park is expected to open following a ribbon cutting Friday by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, The Denver Post reports.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said they want the limited opening to give the public a sense of the hiking, hunting and wildlife opportunities the park will offer.

The new park eventually will encompass 30 square miles (78 square kilometers), but less than 1 square mile (2.6 square kilometers) will open this weekend.ADVERTISEMENThttps://9f5702843274522ad9dba1256b580e10.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Fishers Peak, which rises to 9,633 feet (2,936 meters), is located 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of the New Mexico border.

Hiking options will be limited this weekend to a “Sneak peek area” and visitors will have to wait for trails to the summit, Fishers Peak and Trinidad Lake Park Manager Crystal Dreiling wrote in a Colorado Parks & Wildlife online post.

Part of the area opening this weekend is called the Challenge Trail, a 1.5-mile (2.41-kilometer) hiking route.

“Most professionally-designed trails don’t exceed 8 to 10% grades. Our Challenge Trail will have you feeling the burn on stretches that exceed 30% grade,” Dreiling wrote.

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