Winter travel restrictions begin Dec. 15 in Grand
The Bureau of Land Management is about to enact annual winter restrictions on motorized travel in Grand County to reduce stress on big game herds and prevent road damage.
The restrictions start Dec. 15 and continue through April 15 in most areas. BLM Kremmling Field Manager Bill Mills is encouraging anyone who sees potential violations to report them.
In the Wolford Mountain area in Grand County, which includes public lands between US Highway 40 and Grand County Road 2 (Back Troublesome Road), motorized travel is limited to over-the-snow tracked vehicles on BLM administered lands along roads 224, 25, 26 and 2 when there is a minimum of 12 inches of snow.
All other travel routes and areas on BLM lands on Wolford Mountain will be closed to all motorized use. Non-motorized travel typically will be permitted throughout the area during winter travel restrictions. Changing conditions may cause the restrictions to be modified in the Wolford area, so check for restriction updates.
Maps are available at the Kremmling Field Office, 2103 E. Park Ave.; at information kiosks on County Road 224 near the former landfill, County Road 26 off of Highway 40, and County Road 227; and at the intersection of County Roads 22 and 25.
The seasonal restrictions are extended in two areas of Wolford Mountain to protect nesting raptors — the Wolford Mountain Single Track closure continues through May 31 and the Muddy Creek Trail north of the Muddy Creek fishing access bridge is closed until July 31.
Additionally, motorized travel is restricted on the following routes to over-the-snow tracked vehicles when there is a minimum of 12 inches of snow unless otherwise noted. The roads may be gated until there is sufficient snow.
Dec. 15-April 15
• Inspiration Point Flats Road, north of Trough Road (County Road 1)
Dec. 15-June 1
• Black Mountain Road from County Road 2
• Sulphur Gulch Road access from US 40
• Smith Mesa Road between Hot Sulphur Springs and Parshall
• Kinney Creek Road east of Hot Sulphur Springs and 2.2 miles north of US 40
• Hogback Road from Highway 125
• Strawberry Road beyond the Fraser River Canyon Trail parking area. Closed to all motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and other tracked vehicles.
• Hurd Peak Road from Strawberry Road. Closed to all motorized vehicles including, snowmobiles and other tracked vehicles.
To report violations or for further information regarding the Wolford Mountain area travel restrictions, visit the Kremmling Field Office, 2103 E. Park Ave., or call 970-724-3000.
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