Dec 7, 2015

Deep ruts lead to early closure of Elk Fork Road

The Elk Fork Road has closed about a month early.

The road, along the North Fork of the Shoshone River, usually shuts down for the season on Jan. 1. However, Shoshone National Forest officials decided to close it this week because of damage.

The Elk Fork Road passes through this area. Photo courtesy Shoshone National Forest
Shoshone officials said Monday that warm temperatures this fall helped create a series of deep ruts along what’s formally known as Forest Service Road 424. They said the ruts posed problems for both the forest’s resources and travelers.

The Elk Fork Road heads a couple miles south of U.S. Highway 14-16-20, first passing through the Elk Fork Campground. It's about 30 miles west of Cody.

Permanently closing the majority of the road is one of the ideas that's been suggested by the public as Shoshone managers revise their list of motorized trails. Forest officials have not yet taken a position on that proposal or the many others that have been put forward.

The next local meeting on the trail revision process, known as Travel Management, is set for Dec. 17 at the Cody library.

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