Road to Morrow Point Dam at Cimarron closed through May 8

The road to Morrow Point Dam will be closed beyond the campground and ranger station near Cimarron from Monday through May 8 while restoration work begins Engine 278.

The engine and accompanying train cars are part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Trestle Exhibit near Cimarron.

Curecanti National Recreation Area officials said vehicles will be allowed into the campground and ranger station although the road from its intersection with U.S. Highway 50 may be closed for short intervals.

The road beyond the campground will be open intermittently to foot traffic. Officials said any dam tours previously scheduled with the Bureau of Reclamation will be escorted through the closure.

The narrow gauge Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad operated from 1882 to 1949 when the track was decommissioned. Most of the track, bridges, and supporting equipment either was removed or drowned when Morrow Point Dam was built in 1967. The only remaining outdoor exhibit is Engine 278, its tender, boxcar and caboose and the original trestle bridge on which they stand.

The Cimarron road is located about 20 miles east of Montrose.


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