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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 05/20/11
Contacts: Serena Baker    

Steamboat Mountain Road Seasonal Closure to Protect Big Game

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office has closed the Steamboat Mountain Road northeast of Rock Springs, Wyo. for the spring season to protect sensitive elk calving and deer fawning areas during the months of May and June.

The seasonal road closure has been in effect each spring for more than 20 years and includes both sides of the Steamboat Rim as well as the Johnson, La Fonte and Box Canyons. Maps of the protected area are available at the BLM Rock Springs Field Office during regular business hours.

According to Supervisory Wildlife Biologist Jeromy Caldwell, “The public will see signs posted notifying them of the temporary closure on roads leading to very important big game habitat areas.” Caldwell states, “It is critical we protect these locations from human activity during this sensitive period to improve fawning and calving success. This produces healthy big game populations which benefit both hunters and wildlife viewers alike.”

Caldwell praises people’s participation, “We’ve have had tremendous cooperation from the public the past several years. People are respecting the closures and elk numbers appear to be doing well in the area.”

BLM Rangers and other employees will be patrolling the area to remind travelers of the closure and enforce the seasonal vehicle restriction. The Steamboat Mountain Road is expected to reopen July 1.

For more information, contact Supervisory Wildlife Biologist Jeromy Caldwell, 307-352-0256.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901   

Last updated: 05-20-2011