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Colorado Game Management Unit S56 Bighorn Sheep

  • ID:S56
  • State:CO
  • Species:Bighorn Sheep
  • Area:743 square miles
  • Elevation:4,400 ft - 8,600 ft
  • Public Lands:441 square miles
  • Percent Public Lands:60%
  • Block Management Walk-ins:4
  • Campgrounds:2
  • Fishing Access Sites:4
  • Trailheads:1
  • Recent Forest Fire Activity:2 acres
  • National Forests:Grand Mesa National Forest
  • Lat-Long:38.951456, -108.809131

Unit S56 regulates hunting opportunities for bighorn sheep in Colorado and covers 743 square miles. Public lands comprise 441 square miles (60%) of the total land covered by this game management unit. The greater region is best serviced by Grand Junction, Clifton, and Redlands. The elevation of the region ranges from a low of 4,400 feet to a high of 8,600 feet above sea level. Wildfires have burned nearly 2 acres here in the last two years, providing opportunities for new vegetation and attracting a variety of wildlife. This area contains 2 campgrounds, and 4 public fishing access sites. There are 1 trailheads that provide public gateways to these forested and wilderness areas: Grand Mesa National Forest, Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, The Palisade Wilderness Study Area. Additionally, 4 sites are open to the public for access to managed private lands.

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