Jeffco Open Space closed the Cottonwood Canyon Trail in North Table Mountain Park Oct. 20 due to rattlesnake activity. The 1-mile-long trail is accessed from the bottom of the mesa on the east side of the park. For information on closures, see https://www.jeffco.us/964/Parks
In a separate incident, a hiker who was bitten by a rattlesnake while hiking in Mount Galbraith Park on Saturday, Oct. 7, died the next day at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood. The 31-year-old was about 1 and 1/2 miles from the trailhead when he was bitten, according to the Denver Post. A friend called for help and emergency responders hiked in to help him.