Forest motor vehicle use maps are now available |

Forest motor vehicle use maps are now available

Maps identifying the transportation system for both winter and summer seasons for the entire Flat Tops and the Blanco, Rifle and Aspen/Sopris districts are now available. These maps complement the White River National Forest Travel Management Plan, which was completed in March 2011. The plan identified motorized and nonmotorized routes across the forest.

The winter Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) show forest roads, trails and areas that have been designated for “over the snow” motor vehicle use. Examples of over the snow vehicles include snowmobiles and snowcats. The winter season is considered the snow season and begins Nov. 23 and ends May 20.

The MVUM also shows plowed routes open to wheeled motor vehicles as well as any seasonal restrictions that may apply. Winter travel for foot, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing type activities are not limited to designated routes and therefore are not included on the maps.

There are many new areas that require winter motorized travel to stay on designated routes that we have not had in the past. Be sure to “know before you go” by contacting your local ranger station where you may obtain a copy of a winter MVUM: Aspen and Sopris Ranger Districts: 970-925-3445 or 970-963-2266; Blanco Ranger District: 970-878-4039; Dillon Ranger District: 970-468-5400; Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District: 970-827-5715 or 970-328-6388; and Rifle Ranger District: 970-625-2371.

Maps are also available on the forest website ( Winter MVUMs for the entire forest will be available in 2013.

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