Great spring recreation opportunities still exist, however, trail users should be aware of their location at all times since some temporary signage will no longer be in place. Recreationists should also use caution at creek crossings and in wet areas,
Removal of the temporary signage is an annual task for the Forest Service, this year it is just happening earlier than normal due to warm weather and subsequent snowmelt. The marker poles need to be pulled by staff before portions of the trails become inaccessible to over-the-snow travel.
This does not mean that area boundaries are no longer applicable. The boundary between the Rabbit Ears multi-use and non-motorized areas is still in place and while trails are not marked, snowmobiles are still prohibited in the non-motorized area. The Forest Service has issued 30 violation notices this winter to snowmobilers for being in the non-motorized area on Rabbit Ears Pass, off trail in the Buffalo Pass permit area, or in the Zirkel Wilderness.
All winter recreationists need to be aware of conditions and changing weather. With the warm weather trends, the entire snowpack is melting causing changes in snow conditions and cover. Creeks are opening up and getting more difficult and/or dangerous to cross. Be aware and prepared when going into the backcountry.
For more information on the Rabbit Ears Pass area or other locations on the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, stop by the District Office at 925 Weiss Dr. in Steamboat Springs between normal office hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call (970) 870-2299.
USFS information is also available at www.fs.usda.gov/mbr , or you can follow us on Twitter, @MBRNFsTBNG.