Forest Visitors Asked to Avoid Certain Areas for Wildlife Purposes

forest-service-signA long-standing request for public involvement in big game, winter range management is being made by the Routt National Forest again this year. The U.S. Forest Service is asking recreational users to stay out of designated elk and deer winter range areas from November 15th to April 15th. Courtesy closure signage has been posted at multiple trailheads, including Red Dirt, Hot Springs, and Spring Creek, where conflicts between wildlife and people are inevitable. The closure areas are intended to provide pockets of habitat where deer and elk find security and food during harsh winter months without being disturbed by humans. To do their part in protecting wintering deer and elk, recreationists are asked to use the following winter recreation areas on the Forest: Buffalo Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass, Lynx Pass, Bear River Corridor, and Dunckley Pass. Other areas include the South Fork Trail south of the Elk River with parking at the Hinman parking area, and Scott Run. Another alternate area is located west of Routt County Road 129 at the Hahns Peak Lake Area on Forest Roads 486 and 488. You’ll find a list of the current closure areas below.

  • Spring Creek Trail (Trail 1160) *MANDATORY CLOSURE on National Forest
  • Swamp Park Trail (known as the Mad Creek Trail- NFST 1100)
  • Red Dirt trail (Trail 1171)
  • Hot Springs Trail (Trail 1169)
  • Lower Bear Trail (Trail 1206)
  • Area between the Steamboat Ski area and Alpine Mountain Ranch
  • Greenville Mine area (Road 440)
  • Coulton Creek area (Road 429)
  • Sarvis Creek Trailhead
  • Silver Creek Trailhead
  • South of Long Park on Forest Road 225
  • North of Toponas on Forest Road 285
  • Areas adjacent to the Radium and Indian Run State Wildlife Areas

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