Hazard tree work to affect access on two Forest Roads in Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges into fall; hunters urged to plan accordingly

Media Contact: Mary Grace Bedwell, (307) 274-1751



(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  August 24, 2020 – Segments of Forest Road 261 (Cedar Pass Road) and Forest Road 443 (Jerry Accord Road) in the Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges, Medicine Bow National Forest, will be temporarily closed for public safety during roadside hazard tree removal work into the fall. The closures will impact through traffic, overnight camping, and parking.


In order to accommodate use during late summer/early fall and hunting season, the following closure modifications have been set:

  • Forest Road 261 (Cedar Pass Road) – The road is currently closed to through traffic 24/7 from its’ junctions with Forest Road 201 on the north end and Forest Road 100 on the south end. The road will be open to through traffic and camping by Oct. 1 and remain open through Oct. 31.
  • Forest Road 443 (Jerry Accord Road) – Through Aug. 31 the road will be closed 24/7. From Sept. 1 - Oct. 31 the road will be closed to through traffic during the week from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. The road will be open during the week from 5 p.m. - 7 a.m. (Monday evening until Friday morning) and all weekend (Friday at 5 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.), including federal holidays. After Oct. 31 the road will again be closed 24/7. Work will continue throughout the fall and spring until complete. There will be no public motor vehicle access, except for vehicles authorized by Forest Service permit.


Short-term road closures provide for long-term resource benefits and public safety. Visitors should be aware of ongoing changes that may affect travel on the National Forest. Access to hunting areas along all roads will be allowed when the roads are open. To view impacted areas, use the Wyoming Game and Fish Hunt Planner. The Medicine Bow National Forest remains open for use 300 feet from the closed road segments. During the evening closure on Forest Road 443, please have all personal vehicles and equipment removed by the time the road closes for the day on Monday through Friday. No camping or leaving of campers, trailers, vehicles, tents, or other property overnight will be permitted in the closure area at any time.


It is the user’s responsibility to know where they are and what types of restrictions may be in place when accessing public lands. Visitors should also be aware of log truck traffic on National Forest System Roads and drive with caution.


Those traveling through the National Forest should pay attention to signage and refer to Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) for details. MVUMs are free and may be obtained digitally at https://www.avenza.com.


Our offices are serving the public remotely and are available by phone. For more information about road conditions and ongoing projects, contact the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District by calling (307) 326-5258.  You can also visit https://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or follow us on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.