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Eldorado National Forest Lifts Seasonal Road Closure on April 1st

Contact(s): Kristi Schroeder, 530-622-5061

The Eldorado National Forest will end the wet weather seasonal closure for dirt roads and trails on April 1.  The seasonal closure applies to routes identified on motor vehicle use maps which are available free-of-charge at all Eldorado National Forest offices and on the Forest’s website: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.


“We recently reviewed the road and trail conditions and found that they met our criteria for ending the seasonal closure,” said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.  “This time of the year, however, spring storms can temporarily soak the routes making them susceptible to damage. Visitors may encounter soft road conditions and have the responsibility to not damage these roads and trails.”


Crabtree expressed that forest users may encounter routes with hazards such as potholes, rocks on roadways, and recently fallen trees.  Higher elevation routes may still be covered with snow.


“It’s also important that visitors obtain a motor vehicle use map to make sure that the dirt road or trail they intend to access is designated for public motorized travel,” said Crabtree.


The Mormon Emigrant Trail, a route that connects Highway 50 with Highway 88, remains closed to through traffic due to snow. 


The seasonal closure does not apply to the Rock Creek Recreational Trails Area near Georgetown, which has its own wet weather closure procedures.


Forest Information is available on the Eldorado National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado. Twitter updates on prescribed burning activities are available @EldoradoNF