SILT, Colo. – Annual winter closures to motorized vehicles on certain lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado River Valley Field Office will go into effect Dec. 1 to protect critical big game winter range and prevent road damage.
These seasonal gate closures occur annually from Dec. 1 to April 30 at 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.
All of the areas continue to be open to non-motorized recreation opportunities such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.
The lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs will also be closed Dec. 1 to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling.
“We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us protect wildlife and public lands,” said Karl Mendonca, acting Field Manager for the Colorado River Valley Field Office.
BLM’s Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds in Eagle County are closed for the winter and will reopen this spring when conditions allow.
For additional information or to report violations in these areas call the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt, (970) 876-9000.