Dome Rock State Wildlife Area, Colorado, August 29, 2004-a

Gallery: Dome Rock State Wildlife Area – Colorado, August 29, 2004

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We hiked in to a portion of Dome Rock from a residential area to the south.

Dome Rock is a 7,000-acre parcel of land in Teller County, Colorado.  Purchased in the late 1970s as habitat protection for bighorn sheep, it was named after a prominent dome-shaped rock outcropping.  In 1986, the Colorado Department of Wildlife entered into a lease management agreement with the Department of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, with the wildlife area to be managed under the umbrella of Mueller State Park, which is adjacent to Dome Rock.  While the wildlife area was renamed Mueller State Wildlife area, over time, the combined area became known as Mueller State Park.  It was later determined by federal auditors that the lease agreement was in conflict with regulations on the use of federal funds which were used in the original purchase of the wildlife area.  As a result the Department of Wildlife resumed management of the land and the name reverted back to Dome Rock State Wildlife Area.

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