Photo by Aaron Leist

Is the Conservancy open during the winter months?
Yes, the Conservancy is OPEN year round. In the winter, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, sledding, and cross country skiing (trails are groomed). To use the Conservancy during the winter months, you may park in the lower parking lot off Old Sauk Road. This lot will be plowed by the Town of Middleton. If there is no snow, you can also park in the lot off Blackhawk Road.

Why is the gate to the upper parking area closed during the winter months?
The upper parking lot off Old Sauk Road is closed for several reasons. First, the Town does not plow the road to the upper parking area during the winter months. Second, there is no one available to close the gate during the off-season. The gate is typically closed at night when the Conservancy is closed to help prevent vandalism.

Why are the interpretive signs are taken down during the winter months?
The interpretive signs are taken down during the winter months to extend the life of the signs. Sunlight damages these signs over time, so taking them inside for the winter will prolong their use.

If you have a question for us, please send it to info@popefarmconservancy.org and we will try to answer it