Weather Delays Opening of Some Forest Roads on Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National Grassland
Although Lower Deadman Road is open, Upper Deadman (County Road 86) remains closed northwest of Red Feather Lakes. The spur roads in this area have incredibly saturated soils and Deadman Hill even received an inch of snow this week according to SNOTEL data.
Sevenmile Road (#225) southwest of Red Feather Lakes has been closed much longer than usual this season. This area remains incredibly wet and a hazard for vehicles. Just last week, a Forest Service employee on an ATV assessing road conditions got stuck and the area has received even more rain this week. Last year partners helped repair this road and keeping it closed helps maintain the integrity of the work that was accomplished.
Some roads in the Forest need repairs, but the muddy conditions have prevented crews from accessing these routes. Secondary roads off the main roads are, in many cases, even muddier.
The Forest Service keeps roads closed for many reasons, including public safety, minimizing road damage, project work and to prevent resource damage. Crown Point Road (#139) will close tomorrow for a hazard tree removal project. Long Draw Road (#156) remains closed, but could open as soon as this weekend or next.
“We understand the public wants to get out and explore the forest, but we ask they stay on open routes to help us protect our natural resources and to keep from ruining their day by getting stuck,” Kevin Cannon, Recreation Staff, said.
The latest road information is posted online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/roads. Updates are also posted on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District Twitter account @usfsclrd. It is also important to remind visitors we do have a closure in place for some roads and trails due to 2013 flood damage. Detailed information can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/floodrecovery.
Need help planning your trip to the forest? The Fort Collins office, located at 2150 Centre Ave., Building E, is open weeekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arrowhead Visitor Center, located in the Poudre Canyon, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and Redfeather Visitor Center, located in Red Feather Lakes, is regularly staffed Friday through Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitor information specialists are available to answer questions at 970-295-6700.
Make safety your top priority when heading into the forest. Respect all signs and closures follow all regulations and take precaution in flood damaged and mountain pine beetle impacted areas.