Columbine Ranger District Announces Winter Road Closures

BAYFIELD, Colorado – November 28, 2018 – Visitors to the San Juan National Forest should be prepared to encounter closed gates on a number of forest roads across the Columbine Ranger District. 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.  Even if snow levels are not very deep, another reason many roads are closed is to prevent damage to road surfaces during freezing and thawing periods.

Spur roads and motorized trails located behind closed gates are also closed.

The following roads are closed to motorized wheeled vehicles annually as follows:

ROAD

CLOSURE DATES

Hermosa Park # 578

Nov. 15 to May 1

Crowbar Creek # 755

Dec. 1 to April 30

East Vallecito #603

Dec. 1 to April 30

Fosset Gulch # 613

Dec. 1 to April 30

Lange Canyon # 132

Dec. 1 to April 30

Relay Station # 743

Dec. 1 to April 30

Sauls Creek # 608

Dec. 1 to April 30

Turkey Creek # 615A

Dec. 1 to April 30

Beaver Meadows # 135 upper @ Moonlick Road, 9.5 miles

Dec. 1 to May 31

Haviland Lake # 671

Dec. 1 to May 31

First Notch # 620 upper @ 7.1  miles

Dec. 1 to May 31

Junction Creek # 171 upper @ Animas Overlook

Dec. 1 to May 31

Little Molas # 584

Dec. 1 to May 31

Middle Mountain # 724 @ Berri Park

Dec. 1 to May 31

Missionary Ridge # 682 @ 6.8 miles

Dec. 1 to May 31

Spring Creek # 537

Dec. 26 to April 30

Beaver Meadows # 135 lower @ Ute Park Road, 2.6 miles

Jan. 1 to April 30

First Notch # 620 lower @ highway

Jan. 1 to April 30

Junction Creek # 171 lower @ first CT trailhead

Jan. 1 to April 30

Red Creek # 599

Jan. 1 to April 30

East Florida # 596/597

Jan. 1 to May 31

 

 

Travelers should always be prepared for winter conditions and travel with shovels, tire chains and appropriate safety equipment necessary for winter conditions.

 

For additional information, please contact the Columbine Ranger District at 970 884-2512, or visit our website at  https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan/maps-pubs

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