Shavano Gateway Recreation Area Public Comment

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office is seeking public comment on the proposed Shavano Gateway Recreation Area to improve recreation experiences in #MontroseCounty.

The 44-acre site would provide an off-highway vehicle (OHV) training and obstacle course and a staging area for the Rimrocker Trail with facilities such as restrooms, picnic tables, cabanas, grills, and informational signage. The proposal includes building 20 miles of non-motorized single-track trail and streamlining the evaluation of recreational events on BLM-managed public land adjacent to the site.

“Supporting collaborative, community-driven recreational opportunities is a priority for this field office,” said Gregory Larson, Uncompahgre Field Office manager. “The BLM recognizes how these types of projects improve quality of life for local residents and draw tourists to Montrose to enjoy amazing community amenities and public land resources.”

The BLM may ultimately convey this public land to Montrose County under the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act. The Montrose County Landfill and Buckhorn Lakes Recreation Area are other examples of R&PP Act projects.

The BLM will host an open house on April 25 at the Montrose County Fairgrounds & Event Center; 1036 North 7th St. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Written comments can be submitted at that time.

The 30-day public comment period began April 8, 2019. The proposed action and alternatives ar available here: Please describe your concerns or how you may be affected by the proposed project. Comments can be emailed to or mailed to 2465 S. Townsend Ave. Montrose, CO 81401, Attention: Jana Moe. Comments may also be submitted via the ePlanning website at the above link.

Before including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment letter to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Roving Rangers and Campground Hosts Needed

Roving Rangers and Campground Hosts needed by the Gunnison Public Lands Office. Small stipend provided for campground hosts at Mill Creek Campground and Animas Forks area.  Take your camper & 4-wheel drive vehicle, stay for the summer!  Roving Rangers (day jobs) are to answer questions, teach, and be friendly.

Off-Highway Roads (4×4) in Ouray County

Ouray County High Country 4×4 Roads will receive no further maintenance for the winter season after October 19, 2017. Snow and icy conditions may exist now, or at any time after maintenance has ceased. Travel on the 4×4 roads this time of year is not recommended due to variable conditions and expected winter weather at high elevations. Drive at your own risk. Ouray County 4×4 roads include: Yankee Boy Basin, Corkscrew Pass, Imogene Pass, Engineer Pass, Governor’s Basin, and Owl Creek Pass. Check with other counties for information regarding their road conditions.

Ouray County – Posted on: October 17, 2017

Road Closures

It appears the following roads are closed for the season.

Imogene Pass is closed from Tomboy to the county line (summit)
Black Bear Pass
Bolam Pass
California Pass
Cinammon Pass
Corkscrew Pass
Engineer Pass
Hotel Draw
Hurricane Pass
Ophir Pass
Poughkeepsie Gulch
Stoney Pass

High Mountain Passes

There have been reports of small snow drifts and icy conditions on the high mountain passes. Please use caution and watch for possible closures this weekend.

Early Snow in the San Juans

Feedback from the recent Jeepers Jamboree reported running into early snow on many of the higher elevation trails during the runs on the weekend of September 16 & 17. Several of the groups reported snow over Hurricane and Engineer Passes as well as on the Black Bear Pass and Imogene summits. The weather service is reporting the mountains have been receiving snow in amounts of over a foot in many areas. Early forecasts show several passing storms may bring additional snow to the higher elevations. Use caution when traveling any trails with summits over 10,000 feet. If the forecasts hold true we may see some early trail closures this Fall.

New Facebook administrator

We now have a new administrator/moderator for our Facebook page. New member and active four wheeler, Monica Welch has volunteered to take over the Facebook page editorial duties.

Thanks to Monica, our page can now be updated in a more timely manner.

Club Minutes

A new feature has been added to the Membership page effective with the September 2017 meeting. The club meeting minutes will now be posted as PDF files for viewing. Go to the membership tab in the menu and click on the Club Meeting Minutes link, then select the month wanted and the minutes will open in your PDF viewer.

Rim Rocker Trail Rally 2017

With about 20 Jeeps from Montrose, WS4W traveled over to Nucla for the 2017 Rim Rocker Trail Rally. This was the second annual rally following the opening of the Rim Rocker Trail in August of 2016. A lot has been accomplished since last summer and Montrose County decided to throw a party of thanks for all who contributed to the establishment of the trail. With 160 miles of fun and dirt, the Rim Rocker Trail has officially become the longest off-road trail in Colorado! With the trail head located 1/4 mile past the end of pavement of old Colorado highway 90, the trail winds its way over Columbine Pass and down into the old mining town of Nucla. From there it travels on a westerly course, crossing the Dolores River, then climbs the Paradox Plateau to the Buckhorn Reservoir camp ground. Heading Northwest it’s only a few miles before the trail crosses over into Utah and climbs into the La Salle mountains. Eventually the trail drops down to the arid lands of the high desert and its completion in the town of Moab.

The Montrose County Commissioners presented several plaques and conveyed their thanks for all the various organizations and volunteer hours spent in making the trail possible. The Western Slope 4 Wheelers Club was singled out for spearheading the efforts by hosting the trail committee meetings and doing much field work in getting the trail marked. With free food and refreshments a grand time was had by all.

2017 Jeep Jamboree Ouray- SOLD OUT

The 2017 Jeep Jamboree to be held in Ouray, CO, September 14th thru the 16th is SOLD OUT, but there is a waiting list. See club calendar for details and contact information.