Bear Canyon and Overhang Rock closure because of Xcel transmission line work

The Bear Canyon Trail west of the Mesa Trail is closed 24 hours a day and is expected to continue through November, weather permitting.  This affects Overhang Rock and other formations accessed from Bear Canyon.  Other trail closures and intermittent trail closures will occur on trails in the project area.

The specific trail closures include:

  • September 4 to December 1: The NCAR-Table Mesa/Bear Trail will be closed because of Xcel electric construction work. The NCAR-Bear Connector Trail may see intermittent, full-day closures because of this work.
  • September 5 and September 6: The NCAR-Bear Canyon Trail, the NCAR-Bear Connector – along with a Mesa Trail section from NCAR to Fern Canyon – will be closed because of Xcel-related electric work.
  • Mid-September through Mid-November: The NCAR-Bear Canyon Trail between Stony Hill Road west to NCAR-Bear Connector will be closed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This closure will help OSMP complete some of the department’s final 2013 flood-recovery work to repair trails and restore wildlife and plant habitats in the area.

Please visit to access PDF maps that show upcoming closures and alternate routes. While all this work is underway, the NCAR-Table Mesa Trail to the north will be open. OSMP trails to the south can be accessed through several trail access points along Cragmoor Road, Hardscrabble Drive and Lehigh Street.