Thursday, May 23, 2019

Uncompahgre closed at Forest Service gate



For road safety reasons, the Uncompahgre National Forest is closed at the Forest Service gate at the top of Divide Road due to continued periods of freeze and melt, which have caused contraction and expansion of the ground which is not suitable for motorists. Travel in muddy conditions creates deep ruts that damage roads and trails. Please respect gates and closed areas and find alternate locations to recreate to allow muddy roads and trails time to dry out.

Divide Forks Campground is still under snow as is Uranium Road.

Additionally, 6.3 Road, also known as the Niche Road, is closed due to multiple rock slides. The road is not expected to reopen until mid to late July.

Mesa County’s priority is to protect residents and road infrastructure during our prolonged period of snow and melt. Travel on wet, muddy, or snow-covered roads can cause serious resource damage and safety concerns. Even a few inches of snow can obscure icy roads and soft shoulders where vehicles can become stuck.



Like everywhere in Colorado, there is a lot of snow accumulation in the high country.  While we experience less moisture and warmer temperatures in the Grand Valley, it is still winter in the high country.  Please know that we will reopen the roads as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.


Be prepared if you venture in the high country—do you have a CORSAR Card? If you ever need Search and Rescue to assist you, it helps pay for the cost! By purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these teams for costs incurred in search and rescues across the State of Colorado. The CORSAR card is available for $3 for a one-year card and $12 for a five-year card. Click here to get yours today!

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