Backcountry access route damaged

The Bureau of Land Management has not closed but has urged hikers not to use a damaged section of trail along the Gunnison River that leads to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

Bureau of Land Management officials are cautioning hikers about a collapsed trail leading into the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

High water from the Gunnison River is suspected of causing the collapse, but the exact cause hasn’t been determined, said Brodie Farquhar of the BLM, which manages the national conservation area.

Farquhar said the damaged part of the trail is at the Bridgeport access to the Dominguez-Escalante NCA, on the south side of the river and upstream of the bridge. The bridge itself has not been affected, Farquhar said.

“We’re not closing the trail, but we recommend visitors don’t use that part of the trail until we can fix it,” Farquhar said.

He said people still can use a foot bridge over the river.

The BLM reports more than 10,000 people each year visit the 210,000-acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, which includes the 60,000-acre Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area.

Approximately 7,200 people use the land access, while another 3,000 float down the river and stop to hike and camp.

The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area was dedicated in 2009, joining McInnis Canyons and Gunnison Gorge as national conservation areas in Colorado.


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