Many residents are experiencing warm weather and their focus is shifting to summer activities and a desire to head out into the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. The Forest Service wants to remind recreational users that many forest roads remain closed to full-size vehicular traffic and have seasonal restrictions in place.
In spring months when snow and ice begin to melt and retreat on main and side roads, forest gates are closed and seasonal road closures are enforced to prevent road damage and to protect soft road beds. In some locations, road closures are enacted to support wildlife needs. Public access remains limited to snowmobile and/or ATV use in certain locations for the duration of the closure periods, until conditions dry out and allow the use of full-size vehicular traffic.
Citizens are encouraged to exercise patience and support for these temporary closures. Forest users are reminded that road conditions at higher elevations or on side roads may require the closures to remain in place. The Forest Service will maintain the status of the closures and monitor road conditions. When conditions and wildlife needs no longer require access to be limited, the Forest Service will open the gates to the public in accordance with the respective travel management plans.
Information on specific road closures and status can be found on the Forest's website, or contact your local ranger district office for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.blog comments powered by Disqus