Forest Visitors Warned of Damaged Roads

forest-service-signAs the snowpack rapidly melts and National Forest roads open, the possibility for visitors encountering road damage caused by winter run-off is becoming more likely.  U.S. Forest Service crews are finding damage in a variety of areas and are addressing issues as soon as possible, either fixing the problem or temporarily closing the area until repairs can be made.  Travelers on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB) should use caution as they venture out.  Sustained and flash flooding, as well as washed out roads and plugged culverts are just some of the current issues being experienced as snows recede and watersheds swell.  Ground conditions vary widely, so visitors should be aware of how snowpack and saturated soils affect travel as they enter areas they haven’t seen in months.  As a whole, roads throughout the area are soft, wet and muddy. Many campgrounds and recreation areas are now open, however, access may be difficult and care should be taken.