Construction season in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Recreationists should plan for temporary closures

The Forest Service will temporarily close the Monarch Lake Trailhead for construction.
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U.S. Forest Service staff is warning visitors that construction in the Sulphur Ranger District might affect trips in the region.

There are revisions to the 2023 East Troublesome closure order that may affect people who are hunting game management unit 18.

These updates from the Forest Service include:

Stillwater Pass Road will be closed to all motorized use from the Idleglen Staging area to the intersection with Gilsonite Road (FSR 123.2B).

The west side of Stillwater Pass road from FSR 123.3 to the east near FSR 123.2B has reopened to all users.

The upper portion of the Cabin Creek road system has reopened to motorized use. Cabin Creek Road (FSR 112) will remain closed from the intersection with FSR 112.1A on the west to the intersection with Highway 125. Some of the Cabin Creek spurs are only open to off-road vehicles use due to road width limitations.

The Forest Service also says that construction work at the dam located at Monarch Lake will also result in a temporary closure in the area from Sept. 21-28. The closure includes the Monarch Lake trailhead parking area as well as portions of Arapaho Pass Trail from the trailhead to the intersection with the High Lonesome Trail.

Sulphur Ranger District map.
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Hikers can continue to use the Cascade Creek Trail and Arapaho Pass Spur to access other trails in the area. Hiking along the road is also permitted.

More information on the status of roads on the Sulphur Ranger District is available on their road status page.

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