Five Beartooth Ranger District roads scheduled to open on April 15 will be delayed due to snow cover.
The roads include West Fork Rock Creek Road No. 2071, Silver Run Road No. 2476, Lake Fork Road No. 2346, Main Fork Rock Creek Road No. 2421, and Robertson Draw Road No. 2008.
Snowpack for the area is 100% to 102% of average for this time of year. The Beartooth Mountains received more than 2 feet of snow last week with more snow and rain in the forecast. Continued snow and wet weather will delay seasonal road openings until the roads are snow-free and firm enough to travel.
April 15 is also when seasonal road and motorized trail closures go into effect for spring breakup in the Pryor Mountains. The roads include Pryor Mountain Road No. 2308, Red Pryor Road and Trail No. 2091, Stockman Trail No. 2850, Inferno Canyon Trail No. 2018, King Canyon Trail No. 2011, and the roads or trails that connect to them above the seasonal closures.
The Pryor Mountains also have an average snowpack. Continued snow and wet weather are affecting access to these roads and trails below their spring closure locations.
"We ask the public to help us by honoring these closures and staying off roads and trails when they are too wet to travel on,” said Ken Coffin, District Ranger. "Please check back regularly for updated road conditions before making plans to travel onto the forest."