Dolores-area roads and trails close for winter wildlife

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 9:23 AM
Trail and road closures begin this week to protect winter wildlife range.
The McPhee Overlook Trail will be closed from Dolores to House Creek from Dec. 1 to May 1.

Seasonal closures for several local roads and trails will kick in Dec. 1.

For the purpose of protecting winter wildlife habitat, the Dolores Ranger District will close the McPhee Overlook Trail to all public use from the town of Dolores to House Creek Campground.

The following roads will also be closed to motorized uses: Forest Roads 504 (Dolores River below McPhee Dam); Forest Roads 528 and 529D (House Creek area); Forest Roads 240 and 241 (Black Snag and Ryman Creek area); and Forest Road 568 (Railroad grade near Mancos).

The roads and trail listed above will reopen on May 1.

Seasonal closures also begin on Durango area trails. The Bodo State Wildlife Area, Perins Peak State Wildlife Area on the west side of the Dry Fork Road (County Road 208) and the BLM tracts at Perins Peak, Animas City Mountain and the Grandview area are closed from Dec. 1 through April 15. The portion of Perins Peak SWA on the east side of Dry Fork Road is closed Dec. 1 through July 31.

One exception to the closures is on the steep Smelter Mountain trail on the east side of Bodo SWA above the Animas River. It is open year-round, but from Dec. 1 through April 15 the trail is open only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dogs are prohibited.