Some Closures Still in Place in the High Park Fire Area

Release Date: Jul 16, 2012  

Contact(s): Reghan Cloudman

Fort Collins, Colo.(July 16, 2012) – A closure order remains in effect on a portion of the Roosevelt National Forest west of Fort Collins due to conditions created by the High Park Fire. The closure has changed slightly.

The current closure prohibits all activities within an area of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District bounded by County Road 44H on the south, the High Park Fire northern perimeter on the north, the forest boundary on the east, and the Pingree Park Road on the west.

This closure restricts dispersed recreation on the lands identified, including rock climbing, biking and hiking. The closure includes some campgrounds, trails, and Forest Service Roads. Trails are expected to be closed until rehabilitation work can be completed. Those developed areas still closed include:

Young Gulch Trail Diamond Rock Picnic Area Upper Ansel Watrous Campground
Bennett Creek Picnic Sites Hewlett Gulch Trail Monument Gulch Road
West White Pine Road Mountain Park Campground (5 sites) Greyrock/Greyrock Meadows Trails
Old Flowers Road   Mount McConnel/Kruetzer Trails

Many developed areas have reopened, depending on Highway 14 status. River access, including launch sites, for fishing, rafting, and kayaking is open. If using the river, scout the area out for potential hazards (including rocks and debris) and expect that river conditions have changed due to the fire and rains.

Rain can cause water to run in sometimes unexpected places. Falling trees are also a safety concern – with recent weather causing both live and dead trees to fall. Rolling and falling rocks can also become a hazard in these areas when the soil is less stable. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.

Visitors and residents can check the web at the latest information or call the visitor information center at 970-295-6700. Summer hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closure details can be found on the web at

Visitors are reminded that fire restrictions are in place, limiting the locations and type of fires allowed. Target shooting is also still restricted.