Wet Conditions Will Limit Forest Access This Memorial Day


USDA Forest Service News Release

Many visitors’ favorite places on the Manti-La Sal National Forest will not be accessible this Memorial Day due to heavy snows and late thaw.

Some campgrounds are still under snow. Road surfaces may be muddy, washed out or snow covered with soft shoulders and ruts. Weather related closures remain at higher elevations. Gates on some forest roads will be closed to protect road surfaces and provide greater public safety. Do not attempt to bypass them.

Rivers and creeks are high and fast moving. Use caution when selecting campsites, and keep a watchful eye on children and pets in areas near water.

Be prepared. Check the weather forecast. Take the gear you will need to be safe and comfortable in changing conditions. Always carry extra water, food and outerwear. Be sure your vehicle can navigate rutted and muddy roads. Recreation managers recommend travelers use dry or paved roads. Check the latest road, trail and campground conditions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal/

Recreation managers reported the following roads, trails, and campgrounds were open as of May 17:

Moab-Monticello District: Roads – La Sal Loop Road, Sand Flats, Two-Mile Area, Harts Draw, Causeway, South Elks, Bears Ears, South and North Cottonwood, North Long Point, Elk Ridge and the UPS/Kokopelli Trail. Campgrounds – Mason Draw, Buckeye, Devils Canyon, Nizhoni, Dalton Springs, and Buckboard (all with no water). Dark Canyon Wilderness — Woodenshoe Trailhead, Peavine Trailhead, Horse Pasture Trailhead, The Notch Trailhead, Trail Canyon Trailhead. Most roads are still muddy in sections.

Ferron-Price District: Roads — SR-31 Huntington Canyon, SR-29 Straight Canyon, Ferron Canyon east of Stevens Creek and South Side road to Wrigley Reservoir, Horn Mountain, Nuck Woodward to the south trailhead, Rock Canyon Trail, Hole Trail, Black Dragon Trail, and Lord’s Trail. Campgrounds in Huntington Canyon, except Chute Group Site; Water is on at Old Folks Flat campground and Stuart Guard Station Interpretive Center. Joes Valley campground and group site as well as Orange Olsen rental cabins are open with water.

Sanpete District: Roads open up to mid-elevations – Ephraim Canyon, Manti Canyon, Six-Mile, Pleasant Creek, Spring City, Twelve Mile; open to the summit – Fairview Canyon, Maple Canyon, and Wales Canyon. Campgrounds – Chicken Creek, Maple Canyon, Spring City Picnic Area, and Twin Lake. Lake Fork and Smith Fork Roads are closed for the season. Trails remain closed due to snow.

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