Beginning Thursday, the Forest Service will temporarily close the roads on the Pole Mountain Unit of Medicine Bow National Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne due to wet conditions and illegal off-road travel.

For the past several weeks, Laramie District Ranger Frank Romero has observed the ground conditions and decided that temporarily closing the roads was needed. According to Romero, this decision comes as a last resort in order to protect natural resources during this time of year.

The road closures will prohibit motor vehicle entry, while still allowing non-motorized access for activities such as hiking, hunting, skiing, rock climbing and bicycling. The closure, however, will not affect access to private lands by Forest Service permit holders or users of the Tie City and Happy Jack Recreation Areas. Aaron Voos, with the Forest Service, states that weather will play a role in how long the roads remain closed: Aaron Voos on Weather and Pole Mountain Clip

Road closures will begin at signed gates located along main entrances of Wyo. Highway 210 and Interstate 80.