The Hermosa area, including all roads and trails, is officially closed due to the 416 Fire. For your safety and that of all emergency and fire management teams, please abide by the closure. View map here. The 416 Fire, burning about 13 miles north of Durango, affects all trails in the Hermosa drainage including Hermosa Creek, Jones, Dutch, Pinkteron, Goulding, West Cross, Little Elk and Big Lick.
Beginning June 1, 2018, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will be in effect on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including Wilderness. Fire restrictions are designed to protect people, property and the area’s natural resources, and are in response to the exceptional drought rating in Southwest Colorado, increased fire activity throughout the area, and continuing hot dry weather forecasts.
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the San Juan National Forest means that the following are
PROHIBITED (The full list is available here):
1) Building, maintaining, attending or using an OPEN FLAME, including fire, campfire, stove fire, charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using liquid fuel such as white gas or kerosene. This prohibition applies to the entire San Juan National Forest, including Wilderness and developed camping and picnic grounds.
Except: Devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using pressurized gas canisters (isobutene or propane) that include shut-off valves, or within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building.
Temporary restrictions will remain in place until further notice, and may be increased or reduced at any time due to changes in weather and fire danger. Specifics of what is prohibited or allowed under Stage 2 restrictions vary slightly depending on jurisdiction, so a call to the appropriate managing agency may prevent disappointment or a change in plans.
For more Forest Service fire restriction information, please contact the San Juan National Forest at 970-247-4874, or visit their website here.