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Numerous forest roads and campgrounds closed for winter

As of Dec. 6, the Pagosa Ranger District has announced that, in order to protect road services and for public safety, several Forest Service roads are closed to motorized vehicles for the winter season. Allowed on the roads will be snowmobiles, bicycling, hiking and horseback riding.

The following roads are closed:

Black Mountain 661, Blue Creek 012/Big Branch 664, Castle Creek 660 to Opal Lake THD, Castle Creek 660 to Fish Creek THD, East Fork 667, Eight Mile Mesa 651, Falls Creek Road 039, Fourmile Road 645, Kenney Flats 006, Lefthand Canyon 024, Plumtaw 634, Price Lakes 731, Trail Ridge 639, Turkey Creek 647, Turkey Springs 629 Lower/Middle Gate, Valle Seco Upper 653 to private property, West Fork 648, Willow Draw 722 and Wolf Creek Road 725.

The Forest Service reminds that, “an open gate does not give permission to damage roads.”

“Damage” they define as, “ruts one inch deep or deeper on gravel roads, four inches deep or deeper on native surface roads. Do not go off roads, except to park adjacent to the road on dry ground.”

The following campgrounds are also closed:

Blanco River, Bridge, Cimmarona, East Fork, Lower Piedra, Palisades, Teal, Ute, West Fork and Williams Creek.

For additional information, contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268 or visit the office at 2nd and Pagosa streets 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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