Pagosa Ranger District announces road openings

Within the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan Public Lands, forest roads that are closed seasonally are opened in spring as conditions allow.

Most roads have only one closure gate and may be dry at the gate. However, as a road gains elevation or makes a turn onto a north-facing slope, conditions can change dramatically.

Additionally, there are downed trees and the occasional rock slide to be cleared. Therefore, roads are not opened until all or most of the road can be used without unacceptable damage occurring to the road surface.

As of Monday, May 11, the following Forest Service roads within Pagosa Ranger District are open to wheeled motor vehicles:

Blanco River (No. 656)

Burns Canyon (No. 649)

Castle Creek (No. 660) to Opal Lake Trailhead

Devil Creek (No. 627)

East Toner (No. 637)

Echo Canyon (No. 029)

Eight Mile Mesa (No. 651)

Fawn Gulch (No. 666)

First Fork (No. 622)

Fourmile (No. 645)

Kenney Flats (No. 006)

Lefthand Canyon (No. 024)

Lower Piedra to campground (No. 621)

Middle Fork (No. 633)

Monument West (No. 630)

Nipple Mountain (No. 665), open to Echo Canyon Road

Plumtaw, (No. 634)

Price Lakes (No. 731)

Turkey Creek (No. 647)

Turkey Springs Road, lower and upper gates (No. 629) middle section remains closed

Valle Seco (No. 653), from U.S. 84 to private property

West Fork (No. 648)

Williams Creek Road (No. 640)

The following roads remain closed to wheeled motor vehicles, including off-highway vehicles (dirt bikes and ATVs). They are open to non-motorized uses, including bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding. Do not block gates when parking.

Black Mountain (FDR No. 661)

Blue Creek (No. 012)

Big Branch (No. 664)

Buckles Lake (No. 663)

Devil Mountain (No. 626)

East Fork (No. 667)

Fish Creek (No. 660)

Jackson Mountain (No. 037)

Monument East (No. 630)

Mosca (No. 631)

Snowball (No. 646)

Trail Ridge (No. 639)

Willow Draw Rd (No. 722)

As with all areas on the forest, damaging a road is always prohibited. When opened, some roads may be snow-covered or muddy at various points; please drive only as far as you are able without causing ruts. Mud-bogging and driving off roads, in meadows, and along stream courses are illegal activities that are extremely damaging to soils, wetlands and vegetation.

All areas within the Pagosa Ranger District are closed to off-road travel with motorized vehicles, except snowmobiles operating on snow. Violators of travel management regulations may receive citations leading to fines of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

For additional information, call 264-2268 or visit the office at 180 Pagosa St. Updates are posted to the left of our front door and under “Road Conditions” at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan.