BLM Cody delays Carter Mountain opening

CODY, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management Cody Field Office announced today that it will delay the opening of Carter Mountain until July 1 due to recent heavy precipitation and snowmelt. 

"With numerous snowdrifts remaining across the road, it’s too early to open the gates,” said BLM Cody Field Manager Cade Powell. “A two-week delay in the opening will provide some time for the snow to melt and the roadbeds to dry, preventing the resource damage that occurs from attempting to drive around the drifts.”

The area is open year-round for non-motorized and non-mechanized recreation opportunities such as hiking, snowshoeing, horseback riding and skiing.

Carter Mountain closes to all motorized travel on an annual basis to limit disturbance to wildlife and big game in crucial winter ranges. The closure normally begins in November or December, depending on snow and road conditions, and runs through the middle of June. This year, by keeping the roads closed a little bit longer, the BLM can avoid costly repairs to damaged roadbeds resulting from travel on saturated roads.

For more information, please contact the Cody Field Office at 307-578-5900. Follow BLMWyoming on Facebook and Twitter for any updates on the delayed opening.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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