It is still very wintery on Engineer Pass, June 15, 2015! Check county websites (links below) for mountain pass openings.
Know before you go....
Many forest roads are gravel and rough.
High clearance vehicles are advised. Stay on your side of the road.
Travel mountain passes in high clearance vehicles.
Forest Service Roads are not plowed in winter. Check the weather before venturing onto Forest roads in winter.
Be prepared and be safe!
Current Conditions - Spring 2015
Please refrain from driving on roads during wet conditions. Saturation allows travel routes to be damaged by rutting, erosion and surface material displacement.
Please check county road conditions for specific areas and the closures. Please refer to the MVUM maps (seasonal designation table) for roads closed to motorized travel. These closures are to protect wildlife on their designated winter range. Generally these closures begin either December 1, 2014 or January 1, 2015 and will remain in effect until April 15, 2015 or later.
Grand Mesa(Fruita Division, and Uncompahgre Plateau portion of the Grand Valley Ranger District):
The following areas have seasonal closures for Sage-grouse and big game protection:
Almont Triangle seasonal wildlife closures - December 1- May 15 (Map)
Flat Top Mountain seasonal wildlife closures - January 1- June 15 (Map)
The following areas have seasonal motorized closures to protect spring big game calving areas and fall wildlife security (these areas are only closed to motorized users, they are open to foot/horse travel).
Rosebud Trail #423 & Cement Mountain #553 are closed to motorized use Oct. 1 – June 15 annually
Calf Creek Plateau #458 & Cannibal Plateau #464 are closed to motorized use Oct. 1 – June 30 annually