Routt National Forest Seasonal Closures Instituted

Seasonal big game winter range closures have been instituted in some locations of the Routt National Forest near Steamboat. Both mandatory and voluntary closures are instituted annually between December 1st to April 15th,  at trail-heads and in areas where conflicts between wildlife and people routinely occur. The closed areas provide pockets of habitat where deer and elk find security and food during the harsh winter months without being disturbed by human activities. Closure signage has been posted on the affected trail-heads, and maps and brochures are available at area businesses and at US Forest Service Office in Steamboat. A full list of the mandatory and voluntary closures is available below. The public is being asked to use the following winter recreation areas while the closures are in effect, Buffalo Pass, Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass, Lynx Pass, Bear River Corridor, and Dunckley Pass. For more information about closure areas or other areas recommended to recreate outside of winter range, stop in or contact the Hahns Peak/Bears EarsRanger District office at 870-2299 or the Yampa Ranger District office at 638-4516.

The current closure areas include:


  • Spring Creek Trail 1160
  • Mad Creek Trail 1100 (Swamp Park Trail)
  • Red Dirt Trail 1171
  • Hot Springs Trail 1169
  • Foothills south of Steamboat Ski Area to Hwy 40


  • Greenville Mine area (Roads 440 & 471)
  • Coulton Creek area (Trail 1188 & Road 429)
  • Lower Bear Trail 1206
  • Sarvis Creek Trail 1105
  • Silver Creek Trail 1106
  • Areas adjacent to the Radium and Indian Run State Wildlife Areas (Roads 212 & 214)
  • Area north of Toponas off Forest Road 285

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