Road/Area Closures & Delayed Openings

Conditions change quickly, check with the ranger district office in the area you plan to visit to get the most current information about National Forest System Roads (NFSRs). District-specific information is listed below in alphabetical order by District.

Closures and Delayed Openings happen for many reasons, some for safety while crews work to remove hazard trees, some due to weather and others due to damage, repairs or maintenance. When you are in the National Forest always watch for falling trees.

Check MBRTB Special Orders, for special orders which may pertain to the closures/delayed openings below.

Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District

  (updated 11/28/2018)

  • Forest Road 830, Deep Jack Road, is closed from Forest Road 452 to the Continental Divide Trailhead Parking Area. This road is closed to all forms of winter use.        

Douglas Ranger District

(updated 11/01/2018)

  • Laramie Peak campgrounds are first come, first serve and are limited to 14 days.  From about 1 Nov to 22 May they are can be used as a non-fee area.  No trash services or water are available but the vault toilets are open during the off season.
  • Dispersed camping is available for up to 16 days.  In most areas, vehicles are limited to pulling off the road up to two car lengths and in select areas (see Motor Vehicle Use Map) up to 300’ from the roadway with the restriction no habitat damage occurs and you cannot use closed roads or trails.  Further restrictions on camping locations are available in the Dispersed camping guidelines.
  • Visitors are reminded that not all roads/trails on GPS/maps are open for public access, please consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map for the area you are in.

Laramie Peak unit

  • During the winter, county roads may not be accessible as the County Road crews do not plow several of the roads in the Laramie Peak unit.  Check with the Douglas Ranger District for information.
  • Esterbrook, Friend Park, Curtis Gulch, and Campbell Creek Campgrounds are all open for use (non-fee during 1 Nov to 22 May).  Dispersed camping is available throughout the forest.
  • All campgrounds expect to be opened (fee areas) on 23 May 2019 for the summer.
  • Arapaho Trail (Forest Road 640) has deep ruts and mud tracks and it is not recommended for travel at this time.  Users have been illegally leaving the road bed causing multiple tracks (braiding) and unapproved routes, which is creating issues for future use.  Additionally, the damage is not limited to public land, as users have continued on to private land/roads, not included in the Motor Vehicle Use Map.
  • OHV Trails for La Bonte Canyon and Big Bear area are closed for the season.

Thunder Basin National Grassland

  • Conditions in many places are ROUGH - Drive SLOW.
  • In the mining areas, County Roads 4 and 30 have been relocated and are not accurately depicted on current maps. Do not rely on the map to determine your location. Use a GPS and/or web based mapping solutions to determine your current location.
  • Prairie Dogs plague impacted the population and limited shooting opportunies exist on public land.

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District

  • See inciweb for most up-to-date fire road closures by searching incidents in the state of Colorado.

Laramie Ranger District

  • June logging activities include: NFSR 898 & NFSR 516 Pelton Re-offer T.S. & Sixmile Stewardship.  Expect to encounter log trucks and active operations in this area. Expect delays in active operation areas.  No road closures are currently planned on these sales.
  • FS Roads 553 and 588 are closed by Emergency Special Order due to excessive resource damage.


 Parks Ranger District


  • Forest Road 792 is closed due to a washed culvert.
  • Forest Road 213.2A also has a washed out culvert and is not passable.
  • Please call the Parks Ranger District at 970-723-2700 for current conditions.


  • Access to Forest Road 792 is not accessible from Forest Road 740 at this time due to a culvert washout

Please call the district for current updates:  970-723-2700, after hours press 5 during the message for the Parks Ranger District Roads and Recreation Hotline.


Yampa Ranger District

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