Skull Creek and Horton Mill area roads temporarily closed for winter


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Burns District Office

Media Contact:

Tara Thissell

Hines, Ore. – On Monday, December 4, the Bureau of Land Management will implement its annual temporary closures of the Skull Creek (portions of) and Horton Mill roads north of Burns.

The closures will help avoid potential road surface damage and erosion with snow and moisture in the forecast and eventual spring thawing. The area will be reopened when dry conditions allow, and maintenance needs are completed in the spring.

Many other roads in BLM’s Burns District may also become muddy and susceptible to damage in the coming months. Visitors are encouraged to avoid traveling on any road at any time of the year when doing so will cause ruts and possible soil erosion. Limited road maintenance funds prohibit regular maintenance of most primitive access roads in the district. Drive with care and caution.

For more information on road conditions, temporary closures, a map of the Skull Creek and Horton Mill area, or restrictions on public lands in the Burns District, call the BLM at 541-573-4400.

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.