Colorado Wild Fires and Off Road Trails
06/26/2012 in 4x4Trek News
Colorado Mountains are currently ablaze. There are as many as 12 fires burning as much as 120,000 acres. Off roaders know the value of the lands that are currently under threat and the impacts the fires will have.
Denver has also just experienced the hottest 5 days ever recorded, each consecutive day from 06/21 through 06/26 setting individual daily records, culmination to both 06/25 and 06/26 tying the all time highest records at 105 degrees. The record setting heat combined with very limited rainfall for the past several weeks and single digit humidity levels. The front range and Colorado Rocky Mountains have flame sensitivity resembling a fireworks factory.
In 2002 following the largest fire in Colorado history known as the Hayman Fire, all OHV trails were closed by the Forest Service. This year, with the 4th of July fast approaching, it’s seeming almost inevitable that a similar restriction could be in place for the rest of 2012.
We’ll continue to monitor any news regarding trail closures in Colorado and share any breaking news as quickly as possible. Meanwhile here are a list of known closures near fires in the state as of today (06/26/2012). The below trail list includes all trails we believe are closed in these areas be sure to refer to the forrest service resources to verify any closures if you’ll be in these areas or elsewhere in the state. New fires are springing up daily, call first before heading out. Above all, let the forest service and fire fighters do their jobs to save our beautiful state.
High Park Fire area – Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests:
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
– Red Feather Lakes Road. (CR74E) is closed from Lone Pine Trailhead (mile marker 8 ) to Boy Scout Road (68C)
– Hwy 14 is closed from Hewlett Gulch Road to Eggers
– Stove Prairie Road (CR27) from Stringtown Gulch Road to Hwy 14
– Buckhorn Road (CR44H) from CR27 west
– Rist Canyon Road (CR52E) west of CR27E
– Pingree Park Road (CR63E) from Hwy 14 to Buckhorn Road. (CR44H)
– Red Canyon Ranch Road is closed north of Scrub Jay Road
Waldo Canyon Fire Area – Pike and San Isabel National Forests:
Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands
– Balanced Rock Trail (not included in official closure area but likely not accessible)
– Ice Cave Creek Road (not included in official closure area but likely not accessible)