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Spring Closures Continue on the Gunnison Ranger District

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Gunnison Ranger District is continuing to close spring closure gates which are intended to protect road beds from resource damage and to reduce the need for additional maintenance.  This is earlier than typical years for most of the Forest Service roads due to spring like and dry conditions being experienced in the Gunnison Valley. 


When trails are muddy or soft, please STAY OFF.  Anytime visible ruts are being formed resource damage is most likely occurring.  Ruts create channels where water flows, causing fine sediments to wash off of the road and into aquatic habitat.  Rutted out roads significantly increase maintenance costs. Roads closed for mud season restrictions are not open to the public for motorized travel until road conditions are dry.


As a reminder, the Gunnison Ranger District also has the following annual wildlife closures for big game and Gunnison sage-grouse protection:

•             Almont Triangle (closed to all public uses December 1 – May 15)

•             Flat Top Mountain (closed to motorized travel December 1 – June 15)

•             Steers Gulch/Antelope (closed to motorized travel January 1 – June 30).


Road/Gate status will be posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gmug/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5421602.  For questions, please contact the Gunnison Ranger District at 970-641-0471. 





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