During winter, most Forest Service roads are not plowed and do not allow for safe travel with wheeled motorized vehicles.
A few Forest Service roads are plowed under permit to provide private property owners access to their homes, but they remain gated and closed to public use of motorized wheeled vehicles.
In spring, these roads remain closed to motorized wheeled vehicles, including off-highway vehicles (dirt bikes and ATVs), to protect road surfaces and for public safety. They are open to non-motorized uses, including bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding. When parking, do not block gates.
As of Tuesday, April 14, all roads within Pagosa Ranger District that are closed seasonally in winter remain closed. Roads will open as conditions allow.
Most roads have only one closure gate and may be dry at the gate. However, as a road gains elevation or makes a turn onto a north-facing slope, conditions can change dramatically. Therefore, roads are not opened until all or most of the road can be used without unacceptable damage occurring to the road surface.
As with all areas on the Forest, damaging a road is always prohibited. When opened, some roads may be snow-covered or muddy at various points; please drive only as far as you are able without causing ruts.
In spring, areas next to the road may still be deeply wet, which can result in a substantially stuck vehicle and damage to soils, wetlands and vegetation. Do not leave road surfaces where the ground is wet. Check it before you drive it.
Mud-bogging or driving in wet areas on or off roads, in meadows and along stream courses is an illegal activity that is extremely damaging to soils, wetlands and vegetation.
All areas within the Pagosa Ranger District are closed to off-road travel with motorized vehicles, except snowmobiles operating on snow. Violations of travel management regulations may lead to up to $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.
As changes occur, updates are posted on the kiosk in front of the office and under “Road Conditions” at www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan.
For additional information, refer to the San Juan National Forest Travel Map, call 264-2268 or visit the office at 180 Pagosa St.