Dolores Ranger District Announces Winter Road Closures

DOLORES, CO – November 28, 2018–The Dolores Ranger District will temporarily close the following San Juan National Forest roads to motorized traffic for wildlife-protection purposes on December 1, 2018:

  • Forest Road #504 - Dolores River below McPhee Dam,

  • Forest Roads #528 and 529D - House Creek area,

  • Forest Roads #240 and 241 - Black Snag and Ryman Creek area,

  • Forest Road #568 - Railroad grade near Mancos Hill,

  • The McPhee Overlook Trail from the town of Dolores to House Creek Campground.


These roads will reopen on May 1, 2019. Seasonal road closures protect critical habitat for deer and elk in winter and early spring, when temperatures are cold, snow is deep, and food is scarce.  During these critical times, human disturbance can threaten the survival of deer and elk, especially pregnant females. 


Visitors to the National Forest should be prepared to encounter additional closed gates across the Dolores District as winter conditions develop. Even if snow levels are not very deep, many roads will be closed to prevent damage to road surfaces during freezing and thawing periods. These roads will open in the spring as conditions allow.  Travelers should always be prepared for winter conditions and travel with shovels, tire chains and appropriate safety equipment necessary for winter conditions.


Forest visitors can contact the Dolores Ranger District before heading out at (970) 882-7296 to obtain up-to-date road information or go online at:



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