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CO: Road Closure Expected Opening Day of Archery Season

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Bow hunters planning to hunt in parts
of Eagle, Routt and Grand Counties during the opening day of
archery season, Saturday, Aug. 27, should plan for road closures
and delays both the day before and the first day of the season due
to the USA Pro Bicycling Challenge scheduled the same day.

Race officials expect at least 30,000 spectators, many of them
on bicycles, to line Hwy 40 opening day, Saturday Aug. 27, with at
least 10,000 of these spectators expected to line the road along
Rabbit Ears Pass.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises hunters to be aware of the
following dates and times:

According to race officials, on Friday, Aug. 26, Stage 4 of the
race will start in Avon and travel west along Hwy 6 before turning
north onto Hwy 131 at approximately 12:30 p.m..

If hunters are planning to drive this route on Friday, they can
avoid delays if they start their trip before the race starts at

If motorists turn onto Hwy 131 before 12:30 p.m., they should
not encounter any delays, but if they enter Hwy 131 after the race
has turned onto this section of the course, they will eventually
meet up with the back of the race and will not be allowed to pass
until the racers turn onto CO Rd 14F near Steamboat Springs at
approximately 4 p.m.

Hunters travelling south on Hwy 131 from Hwy 40 after 12:30 p.m.
will eventually meet up with the front of the race and will be
asked to move off the highway by the Colorado State Patrol until
the racers pass. This wait will take approximately 15 minutes.

Stage 5 of the race will start in Steamboat Springs on opening
day, Saturday, Aug. 27, and anyone traveling south on Hwy 40 from
Steamboat Springs over Rabbit Ears Pass is cautioned that the road
will be closed in both directions at each side of the pass from
10:30 a.m. until the racers maneuver into Kremmling at
approximately 12:45 p.m.

Travelers heading south on Hwy 9 from Kremmling after the racers
have turned south will have to follow the race as it progresses
toward the finish line in Breckenridge.

Anyone traveling north on Hwy 9 toward the race will have to
move off the road until the racers pass, with delays not expected
to exceed more than 15 minutes.

Hunter should keep the race route and times in mind as they
prepare to hunt in these areas. All times are approximate and can
vary by as much as 30 minutes, and are subject to last minute

For the latest details about routes, schedule, road closures and
delays, please visit:

For additional route information, call the Colorado Department
of Transportation in Denver at 303-757-9011

For more information about the race, please visit:

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:


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