USFS: Wet conditions limit forest access

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, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Some campgrounds are still under snow. Road surfaces may be muddy, washed out, or snow covered, with soft shoulders and ruts, according to a press release from the agency. 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, said a USFS spokesperson.

“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,” recreation managers recommend travelers use dry or paved roads.

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.