U.S. Forest Service Continues Closures in Eleven Mile Canyon
Credit: Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands
These conditions require that the Canyon and facilities remain temporarily closed to public use until further notice.
The emergency closure includes: Cove Campground (CG), Spillway CG, Riverside CG, Happy Meadows CG, Obrien Gulch Picnic Area (PA), Eleven Mile PA, Messenger Gulch PA, Idlewild PA and the Eleven Mile Fishing Area. These sites will remain closed until further notice.
Concerns over public safety, road and bridge conditions require this closure to remain in place. The Forest Service is monitoring the situation continuously and facilities will be re-opening when it is safe to re-enter.
There may be limited campground opportunities near Woodland Park at: Colorado, South Meadows or Painted Rocks Campgrounds may have campsites available. Also, near Jefferson at: Kenosha Pass, Timberline, Jefferson Creek, Aspen and Lodgepole Campgrounds. Make reservations through www.recreation.gov. You may also consider a free but more rugged dispersed camping experience.
While we understand the confusion and inconvenience this closure creates, your safety is our primary concern in making this decision.
Additional information is available by calling the South Park Ranger District at 719-836-2031.