New regulations have been approved for recreational use in the Echo Basin, Transfer Campground and Haycamp Mesa areas of the San Juan National Forest, according to the Dolores Public Lands Office.
The regulations originally were outlined in the Mancos-Cortez Travel Management Plan. The plan is intended to improve management of motorized and other recreational activities on national forest lands.
Regulations approved require off-road vehicles to travel only on routes designated for their type of use.
Motorized and nonmotorized trails are designated and signed, and cross country motorized travel is no longer allowed in the regions.
Trails in the Chicken Creek Cross Country Ski Area also will be identified as open or closed to dogs in winter.
Three areas have been closed to dispersed camping outside of campgrounds to stop natural resource damage.
No dispersed camping is allowed within one mile of either side of Transfer Campground.
No dispersed camping is allowed along the entire length of Joe Moore Reservoir Road (National Forest Road 693).
No camping is allowed within 300 feet of the Box Canyon, Gold Run, Sharkstooth, Chicken Creek Ski and Echo Basin trailheads.
A free travel map illustrating the new regulations is available at the Dolores Public Lands Office or San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango.
For more information, contact the Dolores Public Lands Office at 882-7296.