Do you recall all the closures in White River National Forest because of last year's Grizzly Creek Fire? Well, as of tomorrow, Thursday, April 1, 2021, those closures will be lifted.

Are you ready to hit the trails? In addition to COVID-19, the Grizzly Creek Fire put a real damper on our outdoor fun in Colorado. Fortunately, tomorrow is a new month, and it's time to get back in action.

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According to, the U.S. Forest Service announced yesterday afternoon all closures in the White River National Forest caused by the Grizzly Creek Fire would be lifted as of Thursday.

Before we go any further, here's a piece of trivia.

Were you aware the White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the united states? It features 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet, 2,500 miles of trails, and 11 ski resorts.

Which closures will be lifted?

According to the National Forest Service webpage, the full closure of the approximately 33,000 acres specifically burned by the Grizzly Creek Fire will be lifted, including:

  • Jessie Weaver/No Name trail
  • Grizzly Creek trail
  • areas south of Coffee Pot Road

In addition, boat access through Glenwood Canyon will reopen, including:

  • Shoshone boat ramp
  • Grizzly Creek boat ramp

I've already seen more than a few people on the Colorado River. If you want to get in the freezing water... you go ahead and have fun with that.

What about seasonal closures?

Keep in mind, there are various Forest Service road closures in place this time of year. Those will remain in effect.

Looking back on the Grizzly Creek Fire nightmare of 2020.

It's hard to believe, but it was clear back on August 10 when the fire started. It shut down I-70 for a couple of weeks, not to mention various forms of recreation in the fire's area.

The fire was declared "contained" on December 18, 2020. When it was all said and done, a total of 33,000 acres were burned.

Before you head that way...

The National Forest Service reminds you to stay sharp in areas with burn damage. Be aware of the higher risks associated with hazard trees, rock fall, and debris flow.

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