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Seasonal Closure at Morey Wildlife Reserve Protects Critical Elk Calving Habitat

Post Date:06/10/2020

Contact: Marilyn Hilgenberg, Open Lands & Trails Manager
City of Loveland Parks & Recreation

Loveland, CO - The City of Loveland and Colorado Parks & Wildlife remind the public to be aware of the seasonal closure of Morey Wildlife Reserve in order to protect critical elk calving habitat.

All trails at the wildlife reserve are closed until further notice.  

Disturbance caused by humans is very stressful to elk. This area offers water, food and seclusion elk need to survive and nurse their young. The closure protects critical habitat during the primary elk calving season.

Cow elk are also very protective of their young and can be unpredictable and dangerous. This closure helps protect public safety from elk that could become stressed by human encounters and be aggressive. 

Suggested alternative trails in the area include Oxbow Natural Area (east and west trails), the Mariana Butte/Hidden Hogback trail system, and Meadowbrook Natural Area. Visit for useful information on all of Loveland’s open lands and trails.   

Updates also can be found on the City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Facebook page and on COTREX, the statewide trails app.

About City of Loveland Parks & Recreation: The Parks & Recreation Department provides access to health, wellness, community and quality of life for Loveland residents and visitors. Its mission is to provide effective, efficient and high-quality leisure facilities, sites, services and programs through the three pillars of parks and recreation – conservation, health & wellness and social equity – to make a positive impact on the community. For more info, visit


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