Laramie Ranger District to open Pole Mountain roads for season on May 21

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(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  May 18, 2020 – All National Forest System roads on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest will open for dispersed public use on Thursday, May 21.


Ground conditions have dried enough for roads to sustain travel without damage to the public resource.  This decision was made following weeks of consistent evaluation by USDA Forest Service personnel.


“The annual opening of roads on Pole Mountain is a big deal to our community,” said Laramie District Ranger Frank Romero. “We share and understand the desire for motorized recreation access and are pleased that our road conditions will be stable enough to open next week.


“District staff have been consistently evaluating road status, and conditions have steadily improved. Signage across the entire unit and designated dispersed camping sites along the Vedauwoo Road are undergoing preseason work. We feel confident that all necessary evaluation and preparation will be complete by May 21.”


The Forest Service would like to stress that even as roads dry and reopen; motorized users must stay on designated routes and may not travel off-road. Those traveling through the National Forest should pay attention to signage and refer to the Pole Mountain Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for details. MVUMs are free and may be obtained digitally at


Additional reminders for recreationists on Pole Mountain are that dispersed camping is only allowed in designated locations along the 700 Road (Vedauwoo Road) and that annual shooting restrictions are in effect. The seasonal shooting restrictions prohibit the discharge of firearms from March 31 - Sept. 10.


Off-road or shooting violations can be reported at (307) 745-2392.


There have been three years of established, annual, seasonal road closures on Pole Mountain. Gates are closed Feb. 1 each year to protect roadbeds and natural resources. In prior years, temporary closures were utilized due to misuse and illegal off-roading, which resulted in long-term damage.


The decision to seasonally close roads on Pole Mountain during snowmelt and/or wet conditions is a result of the Pole Mountain Travel Management project decision, signed in July 2017.


Located north of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne, the Pole Mountain unit encompasses approximately 55,000 acres on the Medicine Bow National Forest. The area experiences heavy year-round usage from the Laramie, Cheyenne and Fort Collins areas.


The Laramie Ranger District is serving the public remotely and is available by phone. For more information, contact the District at (307) 745-2300.


Additional recreation and access information may be found on this website,, or you can follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.