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USFS updates forest road closure list

The Pagosa Ranger District and San Juan Public Lands have released an updated list of Forest Service road closures. The roads are closed to protect road surfaces, as well as public safety, during the winter season. The roads will remain closed until the road surface can withstand traffic without damage. All following roads listed are closed to motorized vehicles except snowmobiles operating on snow. The roads are still open to bicycling, hiking and horseback riding.

The following roads are closed for the winter season:

Black Mountain 661, Blanco River 656, Blue Creek 012, Big Branch 664, Burns Canyon 649 (to second gate), Burns Canyon 649 (above second gate), Castle Creek 660 to Opal Lake THD, Castle Creek 660 to Fish Creek THD, Devil Mountain 626 (closed by snow), East Fork 667, Echo Canyon 029, Eight Mile Mesa 651, Falls Creek Road 039 (closed by snow), First Fork 622 (only highway legal motorized vehicles allowed), Fourmile Road 645, Jackson Mountain 037, Kenney Flats 006, Lefthand Canyon 024, Monument Park East 630, Monument Park West 630, Mosca 631 (closed by snow), Nipple Mountain 665, Nipple Mountain 665 (above Echo Canyon), Plumtaw 634, Price Lakes 731, Trail Ridge 639, Turkey Creek 647, Turkey Springs 629 (Lower/Middle Gate), Turkey Springs 629 (Upper Gate), Valle Seco Upper 653 to private property, West Fork 648, Williams Creek 640 (to Palisades HC), Williams Creek 640 and Poison Park 644, Willow Draw 722, Wolf Creek Road 725 (closed by snow).

In addition to the above road closures, the following campgrounds are also closed:

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

As a reminder to all public land users, the Forest Service states, “An open gate does not give permission to damage roads. Do not go off roads, except to park adjacent to the road on dry ground.”

Damage is defined as ruts one inch deep or more on gravel roads and ruts 4 inches deep on native surface roads.

lindsey@pagosasun.com

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