Burnt Mountain Closes April 25
Respect wildlife. Respect seasonal closures.
The area stretching between West Buttermilk and the Snowmass Ski Area, known as Burnt Mountain, is one of only two spots in the roughly 2.2 million-acre White River National Forest where human access is off-limits for just one critical reason – elk calving.
Elk return to this area each year to find the water, lush forage, sunshine, and seclusion they need to survive, give birth and nurse their young without being startled and disrupted. The annual trail closures begin April 25 with the Tom Blake Trail, Sequel Trail and other trails in the Elk Camp/Two Creeks vicinity closed to use through June 20. Anaerobic Nightmare and its surrounding lands are closed from April 25 through June 27. The closure of the Government Trail and Sugarbowl area was extended by a week starting last year; the closure begins May 15 and continues through June 27.
The south portion of the Rim Trail, Highline, and Lowline trails are open year-round. Sky Mountain Park, including Seven Star Trail and the North Rim Trail, all open May 16.
Trail Conditions & Closures...