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Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area temporarily closes to public

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising the public that the Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area will close temporarily to allow repairs and widening of the main road.

State officials say heavy use and erosion from strong currents in the Eagle River has led to road damage and unsafe conditions.

Last week a vehicle slid off the road and into the river, causing additional damage. The driver was rescued and was unharmed. Officials say the upgrades will make the area safer for both vehicles and foot traffic.

Heavy equipment and construction crews will begin the work immediately. While planned upgrades and repairs are ongoing, the public is advised that foot, bicycle and vehicle traffic will not be permitted on the property to ensure the public’s safety.

“Once the road has been repaired, we will re-open the property and people can come out and enjoy this great State Wildlife Area,”said District Wildlife Manager Brian Wodrich. “Until then, we ask everyone for their patience while we make the area safer for the public.”

Officials expect the work to wrap-up this week, however, closure signs will remain posted until the work has been completed. The public is advised to read and follow all closure signs until they are removed.

Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area is located in the town of Gypsum. The 100-acre area features hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

For more information, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Glenwood Springs office at 970-947-2920.


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