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January 4, 2013
New Snowmobile Rules On Select National Forest Lands In Colorado
By Bob Berwyn -
The winter travel maps are available at the Dillon Ranger
District visitor center in Silverthorne and also online at this Forest Service web page.
Motorized users are responsible for obtaining a map to determine where they can ride. “NO SNOWMOBLE” signs will not be posted except in key areas. More information is available on the White River National Forest recreation web page.
Areas are completely closed to motorized use, including
“There are some new areas that require winter motorized travel to stay on designated routes where it had been unrestricted in the past,” said Ken Waugh, recreation staff officer for the Dillon Ranger District.
The areas that are open to motorized over-snow use on
designated routes only are: Golden Horseshoe (east of Breckenridge),
Saints John (west of road) and the three forks of the
Areas where motorized over-snow use is permitted without restriction are the Spring Creek area and the area east of Montezuma which includes Webster Pass, Deer Creek, Saints John (east of road), Radical Hill, and Sheep Mountain. The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area will continue to provide snowmobile opportunities through a fee permit system.
The new travel rules were adopted under the
The Spring Creek area will be groomed this year through a
partnership with the High Country Snowmobile Club. The club obtained grants from
The HCSC will also help with signing the Eagles Nest Wilderness boundary and with educating the public about not entering that area on snowmobiles.
“We are looking forward to the improved signage at the wilderness boundary and helping to educate snowmobilers about the boundary. These efforts will help to ensure snowmobilers can continue to enjoy the Spring Creek area,” said club president Rich Holcroft.
You can view the story and maps here: http://summitcountyvoice.com/2013/01/03/colorado-new-snowmobile-rules-on-national-forest-lands/
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