BLM to extend Chinese Peak—Blackrock Canyon seasonal closures


Bureau of Land Management

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Pocatello, ID — Due to excessive snow and muddy conditions throughout the area, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pocatello Field Office is delaying the opening of the Chinese Peak–Blackrock Trails System, located north and west of Pocatello. The trails are seasonally closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles from Nov. 16 to April 15 each year.

“Unfortunately, the weather has not cooperated with us to open the trail system as planned for April 15,” stated Pocatello Field Manager Melissa Davis. “The purpose of this seasonal trail closure is to prevent damage from use when the soil is wet and easily rutted, which goes a long way toward minimizing erosion and maintenance costs.”

The BLM plans to open the trails on May 1 if conditions warrant opening. Once the trails are open, the BLM would like to remind people to use the trails responsibly by staying on designated routes and avoiding driving on muddy trails to prevent rutting and erosion.

The BLM Pocatello Field Office has developed a trail system map depicting trail access points, regulations and trail etiquette. The maps are free to the public and are available at the BLM office at 4350 Cliffs Drive in Pocatello. Although the BLM plans to open the Chinese Peak–Blackrock Canyon Trail System on May 1, seasonal closures remain in effect on Pocatello’s West Bench and nearby U.S.D.A. Forest Service trails until May 15.

For more information, please contact the BLM Pocatello Field Office at 208-478-6340.


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.