Red Sandstone Road washed out |

Red Sandstone Road washed out

Daily staff report

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — On Thursday, Forest Service personnel discovered a washout on the Red Sandstone Road, Forest Service Road 700, located on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. The washout is located approximately 4.5 miles north of Vail just south of the Fox Farm private parcel. The first 6.5 miles of the road were slated to open for motorized travel on June 1 but due to the wash-out the gate will remain closed to protect both forest visitors and the road infrastructure.

“About 10 feet of road collapsed down the steep bank and there are large cracks remaining on the road surface,” said District Ranger David Neely. “For their own safety, folks need to respect the locked gate while we work to fix the road.”

In addition other popular routes scheduled to open June 1 per the White River National Forest travel management plan are still snow covered. The Forest Service is asking the public to avoid driving on snow covered roadways which will protect the road system from costly maintenance and ensure visitors avoid becoming stranded.

Additional popular routes are also scheduled to open June 1, and based on the most recent road surveys the following road conditions on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District have been reported:

• Resolution Road is open for about the first four miles

• McAllister Road is open for about the first four miles

• Coffee Pot Road is open for about 3.5 miles from the National Forest Boundary just past the Deep Creek Overlook.

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