Emergency Closure Near Ouray

From the Forest Service:

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests have announced an emergency area closure for National Forest System lands near the Pinecrest area of the City of Ouray due to a rock fall/landslide event.

Effective immediately the following National Forest System lands are closed to public access:

All National Forest System lands bounded on the north by National Forest boundary beginning approximately 400 feet northwest of the intersection of 7th Avenue and Oak Street. Extending west approximately one half mile, bounded approximately 400 feet west of the western National Forest boundary and terminating ¾ of a mile south of the 7th Avenue/Oak Street boundary and includes National Forest System lands bounded on the south, west and east by the National Forest/Ouray boundary.
The closure includes the entirety of the Old Twin Peaks Trail into sections of the western side of the Perimeter Trail.

The emergency closure has been enacted in the interest of public health and safety. The rock fall/landslide event has caused large amount of washout leading to significant area instability, a lack of safe walking surface and increased danger from possible hazard rocks and trees. A copy of the signed closure order along with a map has been made available on the GMUG website and can be accessed at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/forestorders under the Ouray Ranger District section.

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