Summit County officials announced they have closed Montezuma Road until further notice, prohibiting access to trailheads, trails and roads on national forest lands east of the flood site.
The closure applies to skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, bikers, off-roaders and all other recreationalists looking to access Peru Creek Trailhead/Peru Creek Road, Chihuahua Gulch Road, Chihuahua Lake Trail, Sts. John Road, Webster Pass Road, Deer Creek Trailhead and Deer Creek Road, Morgan Gulch Road, Cinnamon Gulch Road, Argentine Pass Trail, Lenawee Trail, Warden Gulch Road, access to Grays and Torreys peaks, and the Continental Divide Trail from Grays Peak to Whale Peak.
The Summit County Road & Bridge Department is working to repair damaged sections of Montezuma Road and to install a temporary emergency bridge over the Snake River for Montezuma residents only. Vehicle use of the emergency bridge for recreational trail access is strictly prohibited.
Road & Bridge also will run shuttles at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. between the roadblock and washout site for local residents, whose landline phone and cable access has been restored.
Last week the Snake River washed out a 45-foot length of road just west of the Peru Creek Trailhead, 0.6 miles west of the entrance to the town of Montezuma. The flooding caused severe road damage to a half-mile stretch of road west of the washout site, with the entire south lane destroyed in many spots.
Road & Bridge will work throughout the summer to rebuild the washed-out section of road. Access for the general public may remain closed throughout the summer. Extremely high water levels are predicted to continue during the next several weeks, impeding construction work.
The easternmost turnaround location for vehicles with trailers is at a roadblock 3.12 miles east of the intersection of Highway 6 and Montezuma Road.
Recreation-specific updates will be provided by the White River National Forest website. Click on the “Alerts and Notices” icon in the upper right hand column of the page. More information is available by calling the Dillon Ranger District at 468-5400.