Public Roads and Trails
Public roads and trails provide the majority of access for hunters and other recreationists. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are in charge of road closures.
Contact the BLM or
the U.S. Forest Service for closure information in your area.
Please be aware that road closure information is subject to change daily. Be sure to contact the correct BLM and USFS offices not only while you are planning your hunt, but also as close to the day of your hunt as possible to ensure you can gain access to the area you plan to hunt.
The USFS and BLM close roads seasonally for many reasons. Some roads are closed to protect wildlife at critical times of the year; others are closed because they are not passable due to snow, snow drifts and ice or to protect the road bed.
Roads can be closed for natural causes and planned activities, such as:
Hunter alert: Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, learn about closures and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt.
Big Red Fire Closure
The Closure Order for the Big Red Fire has been revised adding additional area on the southwest side of the August 28th closure and including additional roads and trails.
The Restricted Roads are as follows:
The portion of the NFSR 500 beginning at intersection of NFSR 402.1 to the intersection with NFSR 499.1 with spurs NFSR 500. 1A-C and 500.1E-I,NFSR 499.1, NFSR 498.1, NFSR 505.1 with spurs NFSR 505.1A-C, NFSR 520.1 with spurs NFSR 520.1A-F,NFSR 504.1 with spur NFSR 504.1A, NFSR 550. 1A and 550.1B as indicated within the Restricted Area.
The Restricted Trails are as follows:
NFST 1204.1A in its entirety,NFST 1204.1 from intersection of 1204.1A to NFST 1101.1, NFST 1101.1 from intersection of NFST 1204.1 to intersection to NFSR 499.1.
The Restricted Area is generally bounded by an unnamed fork to the Middle Fork of the Little Snake River where it meets NFSR 500.1 to the North, along the NFSR550.1A to the West, to the NFSR 500.1 to the South in Little Red Park and heading north on NFSR 500.1, along the NFSR 500.1A to NFST1204.1 on the Southeast, the NFST 1101.1 to NFSR 499.1 to the Northeast, and the NFSR 499.1 to NFSR 500.1 to the North. The Little Red Park area remains open south of NFSR 500.
For more information on the fire, see the
National Wildfire Incident website or call 970-870-2182.
For hunting information in regards to the Big Red Fire closures, please call the CPW Steamboat Springs office at 970-870-2197.
Closure of Cottonwood Pass Road in Southwest Region
Gunnison County Road 209 (Cottonwood Pass Road west side) is closed to all traffic and hiking due to construction. The closed portion of the road is from the intersection of County Road 742 (Taylor River Road) to the summit of Cottonwood Pass on the west side. The road will be closed through Thanksgiving. From Thanksgiving to April 1 construction will cease and snow travelers (snowmobiles, skiers, snowshoers) will be allowed to use the road. The road will be closed again during the summer of 2018 to complete construction.
Properly licensed hunters can still hunt this area but are not permitted on the roadway due to construction.
Gunnison County for more information.
The information below is provided by InciWeb. InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. Information posted on this website is for information purposes only.
Some planned, or prescribed, burns occur during hunting seasons, which can lead to road closures. Finding a window for planned burns can be tough, but this short-term inconvenience can provide substantial long term benefits for wildlife and sportsmen. Fires help to clear dense brush, developing excellent habitat conditions for wildlife.
See the "Waiting for the Window" article from
Colorado Outdoors Magazine to learn more about the benefits of planned burns.