Hiking prohibited at Chicken Creek ski area during winter grooming operations

Dolores, CO., November 29, 2019 - The San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District has implemented a forest order prohibiting hiking on groomed ski trails at the Chicken Creek Ski area north of Mancos, Colorado. The hiking prohibition is necessary to provide a safe skiing surface for cross country skiers and snowshoers while also reducing the frequency of ski grooming that is required to maintain a safe, groomed trail.

Hiking on the groomed ski surface creates boot sized holes that can be a danger to skiers and snowshoers who may catch a ski or snowshoe tip in a hole, resulting in a falling injury. The low elevation of the ski area and the tendency for frequent freeze/thaw cycles exacerbates the problem. 

Hiking will be allowed in the area when winter grooming operations are no longer being conducted due to lack of snow or annually from March 15th to November 15th.  Alternative sites for visitors interested in hiking a groomed surface include the West Mancos and Echo Basin roads.

For more information contact the Dolores Ranger District, Tom Rice (970) 882-6843.

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