McPhee Overlook Trail Seasonal Closure Lifting May 1st

Annual seasonal trail-use closures to protect critical winter and early spring habitat for deer and elk on the new McPhee Overlook Trail (FS Trail #155) are lifting.  The one-mile section of the trail from Dolores to May Canyon is now open. The six-mile section of the trail between May Canyon and House Creek Campground will open on May 1st.  The seasonal closure was analyzed in the Boggy-Glade Travel Management Plan, as requested by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Seasonal closures in critical winter range areas at lower elevations offer herds forage, shelter, and protection from disturbance over the winter and into early spring.   

Observing seasonal closures by finding other places to recreate is one of the most important things the public can do to help Colorado’s wildlife. Over winter, herds must rely on stored fat reserves and are often at the edge of starvation until new growth sprouts in late spring. Deer and elk spooked by human activity, especially pregnant females, may not survive the stress of fleeing disturbance during such critical times. Signs announcing the seasonal closures are posted at trailheads in Dolores and House Creek Campground.  Closures will be enforced by Forest Service law enforcement. 

The non-motorized McPhee Overlook Trail is nine miles long and connects Dolores with House Creek Campground and the Boggy Draw Trails System. The trail is open seasonally to non-motorized uses, including hiking, biking, and horseback riding. For more information, please contact the Dolores Ranger District at 970 882-7296.