Red Rock Canyon Open Space trail closures persist amid search for aggressive bear


COLORADO SPRINGS — The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is temporarily closing several trails in Red Rock Canyon Open Space as Colorado Parks and Wildlife tracks an aggressive bear.

CPW responded Thursday afternoon after a hiker said a bear confronted him and his two dogs.

He said the bear showed no fear and that, at one point, he even kicked the bear in the head to stop it from attacking.

The hiker was treated for minor scrapes on his legs, but no severe injuries were sustained. The bear never bit or clawed the hiker or his dogs.

The following trails will remain closed until further notice:

  • Section 16 Trailhead
  • Palmer Loop Trail
  • The southern end of Red Rock Canyon

Trail closure signs are posted, and hikers are asked avoid the area until the search ends.

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