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Several forest roads to remain closed until conditions improve

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MINTURN — This spring’s lingering snowpack and cool temperatures have forced delayed openings of the Red Sandstone Road (FR700) and the Resolution Road (FR702) on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. Both roads have been monitored regularly and still hold significant snow at approximately 9,600 feet elevation.

‘Please be Patient’

“Despite a relatively dry early spring, the recent cool, wet weather has kept the snowpack lower and longer than expected,” U.S. Forest Service Deputy District Ranger Aaron Mayville said. “We ask people to please be patient, allow the snow to melt, and the roadbed to dry out — we’ll get all roads open as soon as we can.”

Homestake Road (FR703) also had a delayed opening date due to a washout resulting from a beaver dam. However, according to Mayville, “Despite our signs explaining the reason for the gate being closed, someone broke the lock and allowed public access through the washout which created a public safety hazard and required more work to repair the road. We ask visitors to please respect those gates; they’re only temporarily closed to protect visitor safety and ensure future use of the road pending the completion of repairs.”

Forest Service workers are keeping a close eye on road conditions across the district and will keep the public informed of any changes to road opening dates published on the Motor Vehicle Use Map. For questions regarding current road status and conditions, call the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Station in Minturn at 970-827-5715 or stop by during business hours.