Gates to close on Vail Valley backcountry roads |

Gates to close on Vail Valley backcountry roads

Daily staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Winter closures on Vail Valley lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Glenwood Springs office will go into effect Dec.1 to protect wildlife and prevent road damage.

These closures occur every year from Dec. 1 to April 30 at several points in the Castle Peak area in Eagle County, East Elk Creek in Garfield County and on Light Hill and the Crown in Pitkin County.

All of the areas continue to be open to nonmotorized recreation such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

The lower gate at Transfer Trail above Glenwood Springs will be closed Wednesday to maintain snow conditions for snowmobiling.

At the request of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, BLM is continuing to allow motorized access through one gate at Windy Point near State Bridge and two gates in Gypsum Hills through Jan. 15 to allow for the late season elk hunt.

BLM’s Wolcott and Gypsum campgrounds are closed for the winter and will reopen this spring.

For more information or to report violations in these areas, call the Glenwood Springs office at 970-947-2800.

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