Don’t drive on wet roads, meadows

Damage caused by an OHV in a meadow near Stampede Reservoir. | Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has opened its dirt road trail system where accessible as snow conditions permit but reminds the public that using the roads in areas where it is still wet is prohibited to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality, according to a press release.

Due to melting snow, wet areas will be present in the forest for some time, especially at higher elevations. Many routes change in elevation over several miles. Visitors are encouraged to be aware of changes in the conditions of the roads they are using, and to adjust travel plans if they reach a wet section.

Do not operate motorized vehicles outside of established routes. The reckless riding of a few can cause resource damage that lasts for years and leads to further restrictions for all riders and enthusiasts. To check road conditions on any Forest Service district, visit https://go.usa.gov/xAfwV.