The Bureau of Land Management is keeping low-elevation land closed for the benefit of foraging deer and elk until at least April 1.
A large number of animals continue to browse lower-elevation parcels where southern slopes are turning green, Chris Schultz, a San Juan Public Lands office wildlife biologist, said in a statement. The closures will be lifted when high-elevation terrain offers food for the cervids.
On Grandview Ridge, the Carbon Junction Trail remains open from the trailhead at Colorado Highway 3 to the Crites Connection and continuing onto only the portion of Telegraph Trail leading into Horse Gulch. Sale Barn and Big Canyon trailheads off U.S. Highway 160 are closed.
South Rim Trail, Telegraph, Sidewinder and other trails on BLM land are closed and can't be reached from the Carbon Junction Trail or otherwise.
On Animas Mountain, all BLM land is closed except for a 1.5-mile trail loop on the lower portion of the mountain. The loop can be reached from trailheads at Birket Drive and 32nd Street or Dalla Mountain Park. Signs at the top of the loop indicate what areas are closed.
Open for public use are Horse Gulch, Raider Ridge, Fort Lewis College Rim, Durango Mountain Park and Dalla Mountain Park.
For more information, call the Columbine Ranger District at 884-2512 or the Colorado Division of Wildlife at 247-0855.