San Juan National Forest will begin seasonal closures of forest system roads to wheeled motorized traffic Tuesday and afterward based on snow conditions. Closures will also include motorized and some non-motorized trails.
Recreation staff members at the Columbine, Dolores and Pagosa ranger districts will close gates on roads and trails temporarily to prevent damage to road surfaces and protect critical wildlife habitat.
Seasonal road and trail closures protect habitat for deer and elk in winter and early spring when temperatures are cold, snow is deep and food is scarce.
For more information about road closures, contact the specific ranger district offices at:
Columbine Ranger District at 884-2512.Dolores Ranger District at 882-7296.Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.