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Most area Forest Service roads are closed for the season

Staff Writer

Most area Forest Service (FS) roads are now closed for the season based on a report delivered by Brandon Caley with visitor services at the Pagosa Ranger District office.

Some roads, including Black Mountain Road (661), East Toner (637), Falls Creek Road (039), Middle Fork (636) and Wolf Creek Road (725), remain closed by snow, while other roads have been closed for a variety of reasons. Other reasons for road closure include wet and muddy driving surfaces, dangerous road conditions, and potential for full-size vehicles to damage natural surfaces.

The only FS road currently open on the Pagosa Ranger District is Williams Creek (640) from the gate to the lake.

Campgrounds also closed for the season include Williams Creek, Ute, Teal, Palisades, Lower Piedra, East Fork, Cimarrona, Bridge, West Fork and the Blanco River Group campground.

Approved seasonal transportation for particular roads will be posted at road closure gates, but this information can also be obtained by calling the Pagosa Ranger District office at 264-2268. A complete list of road closures is also available on the San Juan National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan/. The list can be found by clicking on the alerts and notices tab on the left. Please contact the Pagosa Ranger District with questions about the status of specific roads.

dana.hayward@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on January 30, 2014.