The seasonal closure of dirt roads and motorized trails is in effect until at least April 1 for roads and trails with a seasonal designation on the forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs). The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality when roads and trails are most susceptible to erosion and rutting.
A minimum three month closure period from January 1 through March 31 was designated for the core part of the wet season in the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan. To maintain flexibility, the timing of the dirt road closure is determined based on current conditions each year which may cause the closure to go into effect early or be extended.
The forest's Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available free of charge and can also be found on the forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/eldorado/maps-pubs . These maps show the roads and trails that are subject to the seasonal closure.
The seasonal closure does not affect routes in the Rock Creek Area of the Eldorado National Forest near Georgetown, which has its own route closure process.
For more information on recreation opportunities and current conditions in the Eldorado National Forest, visit the forest website or contact our Visitor Information staff Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:
- Forest Supervisor’s Office: 530-303-2412
- Amador Ranger District: 209-259-3774
- Placerville and Pacific Ranger Districts: 530-644-2324
- Georgetown Ranger District: 530-333-4312