BLM closing Roaring Fork Valley areas to protect roads, winter range |

BLM closing Roaring Fork Valley areas to protect roads, winter range

Post Independent Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Winter closures to protect big-game winter range and prevent road damage on federal lands will go into effect on Dec. 1, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The seasonal closures will last until April 30 and will affecxt several points in the Castle Peak area in Eagle County, East Elk Creek in Garfield County, and on Light Hill and the Crown in Pitkin County, the BLM said.

However, all of the areas will remain open to nonmotorized activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

The BLM also said the lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs will be closed Wednesday to maintain conditions for snowmobiling.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us protect wildlife and public lands,” said Steve Bennett, acting Glenwood Springs field manager.

The BLM will continue to allow motorized access through one gate at Windy Point near State Bridge and two gates in Gypsum Hills until Jan. 15 to facilitate access for the late season elk hunt, the BLM said.

The agency also noted the BLM’s Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds are closed for the winter and will reopen in the spring when conditions allow.

For additional information or to report violations in these areas, call the Glenwood Springs Field Office at 947-2800.

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