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

Routes closed to motorized travel:

  • Jerry Peak West Wilderness Study Area
  • Jerry Peak Wilderness Study Area (except North Fork of Sage Creek Road)
  • Corral Horse Basin Wilderness Study Area
  • Burnt Creek Wilderness Study Area (except Burnt Creek Road)
  • Goldberg Wilderness Study Area
ChallisJanuary 1, 2015
Big Southern ButteUpper SnakeMay 2015

Routes closed to motorized travel:

Pocatello, Bear Lake and Soda Springs areas, specifically the Blackrock/Chinese Peak, Pocatello West Bench, Soda Springs Hills and Cooley Canyon areas.

PocatelloSpring 2015

 

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
Hot Well Wildlife TractBruneau

A rare plant known to grow only on a small tract of public land near Bruneau will be protected with a temporary restriction on motorized travel.  MAP

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.
 

 

Other Closures

AREA NameField OfficeType | Purpose
King Hill Creek WSA

Shoshone

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 Fire | map | Federal RegisterShoshoneJuly 9, 2014
State Fire | mapPocatelloSept. 5, 2013
Pony-Elk Complex Fire | map :: USFS closureFour RiversFeb. 25, 2014