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BLM winter closures begin Dec. 1 in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin counties

Annual winter closures to motorized vehicles will go into effect Dec. 1 on certain lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River Valley Field Office to protect critical big game winter range and prevent road damage.

These seasonal gate closures occur annually from Dec. 1 to April 30 at several points in the Castle Peak area in Eagle County, East Elk Creek in Garfield County, and on Light Hill and the Crown in Pitkin County. All of the areas continue to be open to nonmotorized recreation opportunities such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us protect wildlife and public lands,” said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett.

BLM’s Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds in Eagle County are closed for the winter and will reopen this spring when conditions allow.

For additional information or to report violations in these areas call the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt, 970-876-9000.

In addition, the lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs will be closed Nov. 25 to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling. Under new travel management guidelines for the White River National Forest, the Forest Service portion of Transfer Trail (Forest Route 602) was closed to wheeled vehicles beginning Nov. 23. For more information about the new travel management rules on the White River National Forest, which do affect winter travel, call the White River National Forest, 970 319-2670.


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