Abandoned Mine Lands

Hundreds of abandoned mine sites exist on public lands in Idaho.  While the majority pose only minor safety or health hazards, all are closed to every form of access.  Become familiar with safety recommendations, especially if you enjoy trekking in remote areas.


Seasonal Closures

AREA NameField OfficeRe-open
South HillsTwin FallsMarch 16
Egin Lakes Upper SnakeSpring 2014
Big Southern Butte RoadUpper SnakeSpring 2014
Motorized travel in Pocatello, Bear Lake and Soda Springs areasPocatelloSpring 2014
Stinking SpringsUpper SnakeMay 2014
Wood River Valley - South HillsShoshoneApril 30, 2014


Temporary Closures

AREA NameField OfficeType | Purpose
East Fork CampgroundChallisAs the Idaho Transportation Department replaces two bridges on Highway 75, near mile marker 227, heavy construction will necessitate the closure of the campground March 15 - November
Jump Creek Recreation SiteOwyheeRoad construction project that will temporarily close recreation site from March 24 - May 19.
Morgan Creek Recreation Site and Boat AccessSalmonClosed to all motorized vehicles and human entry starting December 9, 2013, due to flooding and hazardous river conditions. The BLM will open the access to the public once the water level recedes and conditions improve. For more information, please contact BLM Salmon Field Manager Linda Price, 208-756-5410.
Middle Fork Pine Creek (motorized travel)Coeur d'AleneTwo miles of road that follow the boulder-bedrock stream segment are closed to all motorized vehicle traffic to protect fisheries, soils and water from potential oil and fuel releases. For more information, please contact BLM CDA Field Manager Kurt Pavlat, 208-769-5000.
Skinny Dipper Hot SpringsFour RiversClosed from sunset to sunrise to all recreational use | Map 


Other Closures

AREA NameField OfficeType | Purpose
King Hill Creek WSA


OHV travel limited to 
designated routes; to protect 
wilderness characteristics
BLM-managed lands in Castle Rocks Recreation Area (400 acres)BurleyPermanently closed to staging, rock climbing, bouldering, overnight camping and new trail development; protection of cultural resources

Fire-related Closures 

AREA NameField OfficeStart date
Stout Fire - north of Mountain Home | mapFour RiversApr. 24, 2013
Beaver Creek FireShoshoneAug. 28, 2013
State Fire | mapPocatelloSept. 5, 2013
Pony-Elk Complex Fire | map :: USFS closureFour RiversFeb. 25, 2014