Roads in midvalley closed for the winter |

Roads in midvalley closed for the winter

Staff report

Motorized uses of Light Hill and The Crown in the middle Roaring Fork Valley will be prohibited for the winter starting Dec. 1, the Bureau of Land Management announced Friday.

Gates on access roads will be closed through April 30. The closure is needed to protect critical big-game winter range and prevent road damage. The areas remain open to non-motorized recreation such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us protect wildlife and public lands,” said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett.

Other areas with the seasonal closure are East Elk Creek in Garfield County and Castle Peak in Eagle County. The lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs will be closed Nov. 25 to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling.

For additional information or to report violations in these closed areas, call the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt at 970-876-9000.

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