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Forest dirt roads closed Jan. 1

From page B1 | January 08, 2014 | 6 Comments

Eldorado National Forest native surface roads (referred to as dirt roads) will be seasonally closed to the public on Jan. 1, said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. They will remain closed until at least April 1. Roads subject to the seasonal closure are identified on a free-of-charge map that is available at all Eldorado National Forest offices. The maps are also on the web at:

“All dirt roads and trails on the Eldorado National Forest are closed to motor vehicle use between Jan. 1 and March 31 as part of the minimum seasonal closure identified in the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan,” said Crabtree. “Seasonal closures may be longer if roads or trails are wet and susceptible to damage.”

“My desire is to keep the forest as accessible to the public as much as possible,” said Crabtree. “The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to safeguard water quality.”

The seasonal closure does not affect routes in the Rock Creek Area of the Eldorado National Forest near Georgetown, which has its own route closure process.

Frank Mosbacher


Discussion | 6 comments

  • Concerned forest userJanuary 08, 2014 - 5:46 am

    Really?? It's funny how they have the authority to always extend the closure every spring to "protect" the roads, but somehow can't change the start of the closure date. We are now banned from using our taxpayer funded land based on a silly rule. The ironic part is that because it's been so dry, the logging companies can still use the dirt roads to harvest wood using large trucks and equipment, which great for them, but the general public in a pickup or motorcycle can't use the roads because we might cause damage?? I do not understand the lack of flexibility in the implication times of this rule.

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  • robertdnollJanuary 08, 2014 - 6:48 am

    i understand your concerns

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  • Gaspen AspenJanuary 08, 2014 - 8:59 am

    As a taxpayer I fully intend to use this land when I please. This government is way too out of control with telling us which path of dirt we can walk on. Personally, I have had enough of it!! Go find some other federal law to imagine and screw up.

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  • Foaming at the MouthJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Aspen - No one is saying you can't walk on these roads.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 08, 2014 - 9:15 am

    . . . and no one is saying that you can't walk from Placerville Hardware to Fifty Grand

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  • Year round trail riderJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Stop driving on the dirt roads, hardly! Good luck stopping a dirt bike ON PUBLIC LANDS! I don't give a c-r-a-p about your rules USFS

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