The cooperation of the public is required to successfully implement these road closures. The closures will aid in the preservation of the Gunnison sage-grouse and may assist in reducing impacts on residents and visitors of Gunnison County from a possible Federal listing of the grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
The following roads will be closed from March 15, 2014 through May 15, 2014: Airport Road (W Mountain); CR #7, Miller Lane; CR #25, Pine Creek, HWY 50 (N) end; CR #25, Pine Creek, (S) end past Blue Mesa Estates; CR #26, Sapinero Mesa at current winter closure gate HWY 50 (N) end; CR #26, Sapinero Mesa, HWY 149 end at current winter closure gate; CR #32, McCabe Lane, at cattle guard past Moncrief Ranch; CR #51B, Sun Park, just past intersection with Overlook Drive; CR #62, Razor Creek at BLM boundary; CR #743, Lost Canyon, at existing winter closure gate; CR #818, Wiley Lane at private/ BLM boundary on S end; CR #818, Wiley Lane at intersection with Mill Creek Road. All FS roads within the Flat Top Mountain area including FS Road #829, Henkel Rd. at CR 730; FS #860, Smokey Bear Rd. at HWY135; FS #862 at 860 Rd; FS#863 at 860 Rd.; FS #955 at 829 Rd.; FS #603 along Alkali Creek. The U.S. Forest Service closures extend through June 15 to protect nesting Gunnison Sage-grouse.
The following roads will be closed by March 15, but could be closed earlier if muddy conditions exist; they will reopen on May 15, 2014: BLM #3038, Kezar Basin Road; BLM #3038 Nine Mile Hill west of HWY 149; CR #61, Pole Creek road; BLM #3061 Hartman Rocks roads south of powerline; Hartman Rocks powerline road east of South Beaver Creek; BLM #3061 south entrance into Hartman Rocks; CR #72, Tomichi Heights, closure at BLM boundary; CR #42, Six Mile Lane at existing gate on BLM boundary; BLM #3107 Cabin Creek road at HWY 50; BLM #3106 Dry Gulch road at HWY 50; BLM #3106 Sewell Rim Road at HWY 50; South Parlin Flats access road off HWY 114 near mile-marker 5; BLM #3076, South Parlin Flats access road off HWY 114 near mile-marker 7; Camp Kettle Gulch road off HWY 114; BLM #3103 North Parlin Flats road; CR #43, South Parlin Flats, approx 0.4 mi S of HWY 50; Roads off CR#44 accessing Woods Gulch area; BLM #3096 off south end of CR#44; Poverty Gulch road off Doyleville Cutoff road; BLM #3094 Tomichi Dome road; BLM #3073 Krueger Ranch road; BLM #3067 Stubbs Gulch access at Gold Basin shooting area; BLM #3108 north side of HWY 50, 3 miles east of Gunnison.
Three additional roads in the Hartman Rocks area were closed in anticipation of winter conditions and ski trail grooming. These will reopen when the roads dry out. These roads are: Hartman Rocks northwest entrance; BLM #3061 at McCabes Lane (CR32) entrance; and Hartman Rocks powerline access off CR #38(Gold Basin road).
Forest Service Roads in the Flat Top Mountain area will be closed through June 15 to protect nesting Gunnison Sage-grouse.
Copies of the closure list and maps are available at Gunnison County Public Works, 195 Basin Park Drive; Gunnison County Administration office, 200 E. Virginia; Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, 300 W. New York; Bureau of Land Management office, 210 West Spencer, Unit A, and the U.S. Forest Service office, 216 N. Colorado, Gunnison, Colorado.
These closures apply to all motor vehicles. Do not park at the closures in a manner that blocks access through the closure gates. For additional information call Gunnison County Public Works at 641-0044; the Gunnison County Wildlife Conservation Coordinator at 641-7604; BLM at 642-4940; or the U.S Forest Service at 641-0471