The San Juan National Forest has issued a new Motor Vehicle Use Map identifying roads and trails open to motorized travel on the Pagosa Ranger District. The Motor Vehicle Use Map will be the legal document used to enforce travel rules on the Pagosa Ranger District. It does not identify non-motorized recreational routes.
“This new map shows roads and trails where motorized users are allowed to ride, and with what type of motor vehicles,” said Pauline Ellis, San Juan Public Lands Travel Management Coordinator. “Motorized recreationists will find it best to use the Motor Vehicle Use Map in conjunction with other recreation-based maps to plan and experience enjoyable rides on legal motorized routes on the Pagosa Ranger District.”
The Motor Vehicle Use Map showing motorized routes on the Pagosa Ranger District is now available online at www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/recreation/travel_mgmt/mvum/index.shtml.
Hard copies should be available in mid-April at San Juan Public Lands offices in southwestern Colorado. The maps will be available free of charge and will be re-issued annually to include updates which will reflect any new travel decisions that have been made during the year.
The Pagosa Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map is the result of the U.S. Forest Service Travel Management Rule, a national effort begun in 2005 to address conflicts and confusion over motorized travel regulations on national forests and grasslands. It implements decisions that resulted from the Pagosa District Travel Management Analysis designating specific roads and trails open to motorized travel and prohibiting cross-country motorized travel on the Pagosa Ranger District.
“It is the responsibility of motorized travelers to be aware of the legal designated routes and stay on them to ensure responsible use and enjoyment of our national forest,” said Acting Pagosa District Ranger Paul Blackman.
Motorized use maps for the Columbine and Dolores ranger districts will be available following additional Travel Management Analysis on the respective units. For more information, contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.