First for the bad news: The San Juan National Forest Pagosa Ranger District has instituted a stage 3 fire restriction as of Tuesday, 6-12-2018 for all of the forest trails and roads around Pagosa Springs. This means no access of any kind including but not limited to horse back riding, hiking, jeeps and or ATV / UTV riding. This restriction is scheduled to continue until July 31st unless we see a substantial change in the weather pattern. Lets hope the monsoons come early this year.
Now for the good new: The Rio Grand National forest located just over Wolf Creek Pass is only under a stage 1 fire restriction which means they are still open to all recreational activities. This is where we typically send all of our customers anyway, regardless of fire restrictions, since it is the fastest and easiest way to access the high country from Pagosa Springs. The Tucker Ponds trail head is approximately 29 miles (35 minutes) from our location and is located on
the Rio Grande side of the pass. We do not anticipate them (Rio Grande NF) changing their fire restriction status any time soon since there is still snow left at elevations above 11,000 feet.