Rio Grande National Forest officials announce developed recreation site closures will remain in effect through May 29

Monte Vista, Colo., May 21, 2020 – Rio Grande National Forest officials today announced that developed recreation sites will remain closed through May 29. Closures remain in place to allow employees to prepare facilities, as well as time to ensure the necessary personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies are readily available. Trails, trailheads and general forest areas will remain accessible for public use.

The value of nature to promote mental and physical health comes at a time when access is vital to the American public. We are working diligently to open the trails for full access and ask that visitors be patient during this transition period. Be prepared for other options if your trail is closed, and whenever possible, recreate locally.

If you do plan on visiting the national forest, please recreate responsibly by adhering to the following safety and responsibility guidelines:

  • Stay close to home to keep other communities safe.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others.
  • Avoid crowding in parking lots, trails, scenic overlooks and other areas.
  • Take CDC precautions to prevent illnesses like COVID-19.
  • Prepare for limited or no services, such as restroom facilities and garbage collection.
  • Prepare to pack out trash and human waste.

Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place to enhance public safety, protect natural and cultural resources and help minimize human-caused wildfires.

The safety of our employees and the public will continue to be our number one priority as we closely monitor the situation and implement changes accordingly.

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Your local ranger district office can also provide site-specific information.

  • Conejos Peak Ranger District       719-480-9892
  • Divide Ranger District                     719-850-2374
  • Saguache Ranger District               719-480-1402
  • Forest Headquarters                      719-480-3364

The Forest Service is asking visitors to recreate locally and responsibly. This will help expand access to facilities, services and other opportunities. Visitors are asked to plan accordingly as certain services may still be unavailable. Prepare to pack out trash and human waste.

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.



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