Within the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan Public Lands, forest roads that are closed seasonally are opened in spring as conditions allow. Roads are not opened until all or most of the road can be used without unacceptable damage occurring to the road surface.
As of the end of the day May 19, 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. When parking, do not block gates.
Black Mountain (FDR No. 661).
Blue Creek (No. 012).
Big Branch (No. 664).
Buckles Lake (No. 663).
Fish Creek (No. 660).
Snowball (No. 646).
Willow Draw (No. 722).
East Fork Road (No. 667) will open to vehicles less than 50” wide today, May 19. Wolf Creek (No. 725) and Falls Creek (No. 039) roads are still under snow.
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.
For additional information, call 264-2268 or visit the office at 180 Pagosa St.