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Seasonal closure of Gore Valley trail through Dowd Junction dependent on weather

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VAIL — The seasonal closure of the Gore Valley Recreation Trail through Dowd Junction will take place later in the month. The trail is typically closed during the first or second week of November. However, due to recent warm weather and lack of snow, the trail will remain open for the foreseeable future.

Users should expect that the trail would close with the first significant storm, which typically triggers deer and elk migration through the Mud Springs wildlife underpass that crosses under the trail. The winter closure allows for the wildlife migration and was a condition of the recreation trail's approval. Additionally, plowing operations on Interstate 70 create a significant safety concern, which also contributes to the closure.

Gates will be in place to indicate the trail's closure, as well as signs explaining the requirement. The trail will reopen in the spring on or about April 15, as weather conditions allow. For more information, contact Gregg Barrie in the Town of Vail Public Works Department at 970-479-2337.