Forest Service to decommission Red Dirt Basin Road
EAGLE — The Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District will begin work to decommission a six-mile section of Forest Service Road 611, also known as Red Dirt Basin Road, to motorized travel. The closure begins at the forest boundary accessed from the Colorado River Road and extends to the Derby Mesa rim.
Closure to this section is the result of the White River National Forest Travel Management Plan decision. Road decommissioning will be used to protect long-term stream health of Red Dirt Creek and mitigate road maintenance difficulties due to unstable geology.
Decommissioning will begin Sept. 30 and will continue through Oct. 11, or until completed. The Forest Service asks the public to refrain from using the area during this time and from entering the lower two miles of the decommissioned road along East Fork Red Dirt Creek for the remainder of 2013 to protect restored riparian areas. The area may still be accessed by foot and/or horse travel.
For further information, call the Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.