Rifle Ranger District closes roads for winter | PostIndependent.com

Rifle Ranger District closes roads for winter

The onset of winter has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close two roads on the Rifle Ranger District.

Starting today, the road to Little Box Canyon and Coulter Mesa (NFSR 832) and the Buford-to-New Castle Road (NFSR 245) will be closed to automobile use. Both roads will remain open to snowmobile use.

The Buford Road will be closed at the West Elk trailhead, also known as the Gravel Pit.

Both roads will be closed with barricades and will reopen when conditions on the ground permit.The closures are seasonal and are aimed at keeping motorists from getting stuck on roads that are not plowed. The closures also protect the roads from wear and tear from use of chains and to maintain optimal conditions for snowmobiling. Drivers of vehicles found past the barricades will be issued a citation.

For information, call the Rifle Ranger District at 625-2371.

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