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Williams Creek Road closed

Williams Creek Road (National Forest System Road 640) closed on March 10 for the spring season.

Annually, the road is plowed by Hinsdale County to Williams Creek Reservoir during winter and kept open until it begins to thaw. It is then closed for the remainder of the mud season to protect the surface and allow for a good surface during the summer season. The closure typically occurs between the end of February and the end of April.

In spring, seasonally closed roads will remain closed to motorized vehicles, including off-highway vehicles (dirt bikes and ATVs), to protect road surfaces and for public safety. Unless plowed, they are open to snowmobiles operating on snow. They are open to non-motorized uses, including skiing, snowshoeing and when conditions allow, bicycling, hiking and horseback riding. When parking, do not block gates.

As of March 10, 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 changes occur, updates are posted in the window at the entrance to the district office and under “Road Conditions” at www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan.

A new Motor Vehicle Use Map for Pagosa Ranger District is now available online at www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/recreation/travel_mgmt/mvum/index.shtml and will be available in the district office in mid-April.

For additional information, call 264-2268 or visit the office at 180 Pagosa St.