The West Star Aviation Air Show takes off in Grand Junction this weekend, but the high flying thrills will also bring some closures to the area.
BLM officials say certain areas will be closed throughout the weekend during the air show.
With airplanes showcasing their skills overhead, it becomes a public safety issue to have people hanging out below the action.
Christopher Joyner, Public Affairs Specialist for the Northwest District of the B.L.M., says the bureau hates to close off public lands, so they're closing the minimum amount of land allowed in accordance with F.A.A. guidelines.
The closure area is approximately 3/4 of a mile off the runway and there are some other areas northwest of the airport that will be closed as well, according to Joyner.
Signs and officers will be along the main roads to let you know if the area is closed, but it may be harder to tell in some of the roads less-traveled.
"If you're coming through off-roads, through the desert, it may not be as easy to see, so if you're planning off-road travel in the vicinity of the airport during the air show, check out the map and make sure you're not encroaching in that closed area," said Joyner.
To view the B.L.M.'s map for closed areas, visit http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.
The land will be back open to the public as soon as the air show wraps up on Sunday.
The air show begins Friday at 6:00 p.m. and will continue on Saturday and Sunday with the gates opening at 9:00 a.m.