BLM to extend annual seasonal motorized travel closure in South Hills


Bureau of Land Management

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management Burley Field Office announced it will extend the South Hills area seasonal road closure until at least March 30, until road conditions improve. The seasonal closures were implemented January 16 to prevent resource damage and protect crucial mule deer winter range and sage-grouse habitat.

Signs are posted in the area to notify the public of the closure of the following roads, as well as any two-tracks or trails tied to these roads.

  • Dry Creek
  • Dry Gulch
  • Cherry Spring
  • Indian Springs (closure begins 1.5 miles south of Foothills Road)
  • North Cottonwood Creek

“The road conditions are not ready for regular travel,” said Burley Field Manager Ken Crane. “Snowdrifts are still melting and saturating roadbeds increasing the chances for rutting and other damage.”

The closure applies to all motorized vehicles except those specifically authorized to access the area.  Motorized travel authorization is provided for search and rescue operations, emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel, and administratively approved actions such as livestock grazing, access to private lands and resource monitoring or research studies.

For more information regarding the road closure, or nearby areas available for motorized travel, please contact Dennis Thompson, BLM Burley Field Office recreation planner, at (208) 677-6600.

The original release can be found here:

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.