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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 04/14/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Rock Springs Temporarily Closes Steamboat Mountain Area to Motorized Vehicles

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office is temporarily closing the Steamboat Mountain area northeast of Rock Springs, Wyo. to motorized vehicles to protect sensitive elk calving and deer fawning areas from May 1 to June 30.

The annual closure takes effect each spring but does not affect access to private or state lands. The closure includes both sides of Steamboat Rim as well as the Johnson, La Fonte and Box canyons. These locations are protected from human activity to improve calving and fawning success which helps produce healthy big game populations.

Supervisory Wildlife Biologist Mark Snyder appreciates the public’s continued cooperation. “We’ve had tremendous support over the years and are thankful that people are respecting the closures.”

A map of the protected area is available online at, or at the Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs.

Signs will be posted to notify the public of the temporary closure. BLM law enforcement rangers and other employees will also patrol the area to inform the public and enforce the seasonal vehicle restriction.

For more information, please contact Snyder at 307-352-0368.

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, WY 82901  

Last updated: 04-15-2014