GMUG Issues Closure Order for Tomichi Pass Road

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips 970-874-6717, Dylan Peters 970-874-6625

A rock slide on Tomichi Pass

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests have enacted a Forest Order closing the top of Tomichi Pass Road (NFSR 888) to just above its junction with Hancock Pass Road (NSFR 266). The closure was enacted after a significant rock slide made the route impassable. Tomichi Pass Road is still open from Whitepine Road to near the top of Tomichi Pass. The road, located on the Gunnison Ranger District near Middle Quartz Creek, is a popular Jeep and UTV riding destination.

The closure will remain in place indefinitely until engineers can develop a plan to either stabilize the hillside or reroute the road entirely. Tomichi Pass Road’s rugged and remote location makes all efforts to reopen the route highly complex and is not favorable to the use of heavy equipment. Further complicating the situation is the presence of several large boulders, some of which are ten feet in diameter, above the slide path which contribute to ongoing instability and make working conditions extremely dangerous.

“Our primary concern is safety, safety of the public and the safety of our employees.” said Scott Armentrout, GMUG Forest Supervisor “Due to its dangerous conditions it is important for citizens to avoid the area until we can develop a safe and effective plan to reopen it to the public.”

You can view the closure order and map here