Trails near Tenderfoot Mountain will close for the season to motorcycles

Contact(s):   Ken Waugh,           970-262-3446 (voice)

                      Trails near Tenderfoot Mountain will close for the season to motorcycles


Silverthorne, Colo. – Oct. 5, 2016  – The Tenderfoot Mountain Trail system will be closed starting Oct. 10 to reduce conflicts with big game hunters in the area during rifle season, the system will be closed to motorcycles, but open to all nonmotorized uses. This seasonal closure was one of several compromises recommended by a citizen task force that met during the planning phase of the project. 

“The Tenderfoot Mountain Trail System currently consists of about 8 miles of single-track trail that is open to a variety of recreationists including hikers, riders of off-highway motorcycles, mountain bikes and horses,” says Ken Waugh, Dillon Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer.  “More trail will be open next summer and seasonal closures in the spring and fall will assist with wildlife management goals for the area,” he added.

All of the single-track trail in the area will be closed to motorcycles until July 1, 2017, but the Tenderfoot Mountain Trail (#9508) will remain open to motorcycles, ATVs, and full sized vehicles until Nov. 23. ATVs and motorcycles can be ridden to the top of Tenderfoot Mountain and full-sized vehicles can be driven about half way up the mountain.

“This seasonal closure will result in less disturbance to elk and deer in the area and allow for a better experience for hunters,” said Elissa Knox, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Summit County east Wildlife Manager. 

This closure is identified on the Dillon Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), available at the District Office in Silverthorne and provided free to the public so that they know what routes are open to what motorized uses during what time periods. 

The Dillon Ranger District has been constructing new trail in the Frey Gulch and Tenderfoot Mountain areas during the 2016 summer field season. This work will continue for a few more weeks this fall and resume next summer. It has been accomplished with funding from the Colorado OHV Grant program and with help from Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) and Summit County Off-Road Riders (SCORR) volunteers. 

For additional information, contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400. 

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