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Work continues at Treasure Falls and West Fork

The Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest reminds us that the necessary removal of diseased trees from the Treasure Falls Observation Site and West Fork Trailhead continues this week and next. Consequently, temporary closures at both locations may cause hunters, tourists and travelers some inconvenience.

While work near Treasure Falls began Tuesday, it will proceed through Saturday, thereby forcing closure of the parking area, restrooms and hiking trail until Sunday. Treasure Falls is a popular stop for tourists and travelers along U.S. 160 east of Pagosa Springs.

As workers fell infected trees at Treasure Falls, helicopters will lift them over the highway to the West Fork Trailhead at the end of Forest Road 648. Intermittent highway closures could last 30 minutes, while access to the West Fork Trailhead will also be blocked during felling operations.

The West Fork Trailhead and West Fork Road (FR 648) will also see occasional closures from Monday, Oct. 18, through Monday, Oct. 25, as crews work to remove hazardous trees from the trailhead.

Though the Forest Service said the West Fork Trailhead parking area will be closed one full day during felling operations there, it failed to mention which day. Therefore, anyone planning to visit the area should contact the Pagosa Ranger District at 970-264-2268 before proceeding to that location. The district office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

chuck@pagosasun.com