Davis County backcountry road closed due to landslide

Apr 28 2011 - 5:59pm

Late winter storms have covered the mountains with several new feet of snow affecting access and recreation opportunities within the Forest. Forest Service officials advise recreationists that there may be delays in opening for the season due to flooding. Recreationists should be alert to surrounding conditions and exercise caution when recreating in favorite areas.

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest officials' ask motorized vehicle users to go easy on muddy roads and trails. In the spring, road surfaces become saturated with moisture and most often they will not sustain the weight of a motorized vehicle. Driving on wet muddy roads causes resource damage.

Driving cross-country by motorized, wheeled vehicles is prohibited. In order to keep designated roads and trails on the forest open for motorized use, it is important that users respect seasonal closures, which is designed to protect the land.

Ward Canyon Road, (Forest Road #80177) located in Davis County east of Bountiful will remain closed until further notice. The closure is due to a landslide that has damaged a portion of the Ward Canyon Road. The closure begins at the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest boundary and goes east to the junction with Skyline Drive (Forest Road #80008).

Forest officials remind OHV users that they are responsible for knowing which roads and trails are open to motorized use. Motorized Vehicle Use Maps are available at forest offices.

Before heading out, always check the weather forecast, and call ahead to Ranger Stations for current conditions. Always pack the ten essentials; map, compass, flashlight, extra food, clothing, rain gear, first aid kit, pocket knife, matches/fire starter and cell phone. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Some popular hikes typically have dangerous avalanche conditions this time of year.

For the most current information please contact the Ranger District Offices listed below:

Evanston/Mt. View Ranger Districts Heber-Kamas Ranger District

(307) 789-3194 or (307) 782-6555 (435) 654-0470 or (435) 783-4338

Logan Ranger District Ogden Ranger District

(435) 755-3620 (801) 625-5306

Pleasant Grove Ranger District Salt Lake Ranger District

(801) 785-3563 Public Lands Information Center (801) 466-6411

Spanish Fork Ranger District (801) 798-3571

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