Due to the 416 Fire and the Burro Fire currently burning in the La Plata Mountains, many trails and recreation areas have been closed in the Mancos area. These include the entire San Juan National Forest, many state-managed Colorado Parks and Wildlife areas, BLM land around Durango, and Durango City and La Plata County managed open space.
It may seem like there's not much left to do outdoors in the Mancos area, but here's a partial list of open areas (thanks to the Durango Herald for putting together this list):
All hard-surface trails including:
Animas River Trail
Florida Road Trail
Goeglein Road Trail
Jenkins Ranch Road Trail.
Other open amenities in the city of Durango:
Animas River and all city river access points.
All irrigated city parks
Greater La Plata County
Pastorius State Wildlife Area
Phil’s World trail system
Mesa Verde National Park
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
McPhee Recreation Area Complex boat ramp and marina, and boating on the lake is permitted.
Mancos and Dolores
South and east areas of Mancos State Park are open. The park offers camping, fishing and non-motorized boating.
County Road 31 from Dolores to Norwood.
Aztec and Farmington
Alien Run trails
Glade Run Recreation Area
Molas Lake is open to recreation and camping.
Alpine Loop, Ophir Pass
Most land to the east of Silverton is open because it is managed by the BLM, which has not enacted a closure.
Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County
Reservoir Hill Park is open. Piedra Road (County Road 600) is open to the Sportsman Campground.
Navajo State Park
Echo Canyon State Wildlife Area
Trails around the town of Telluride are open. Telluride Ski Resort has a bike park that will open in late June. Most land around Telluride is managed by the Uncompahgre National Forest and remains open.
3/21/2021 02:18:16 am
Hi tthanks for sharing this
3/21/2021 11:16:55 am
You are welcome! But note that this was from 2018. We are all hoping that we will not have another fire season like that this year. Crossing our fingers for plenty of precipitation this year.
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