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Forest Service reopens Rampart Range Road between Garden and reservoir

       Pikes Peak Ranger District is temporarily opening Rampart Range Road between Garden of the Gods and Rampart Reservoir within the Waldo Canyon burn area of the Pike National Forest.
       Under Forest Order 2014-16, the area is open to day use only. Camping and campfires are not allowed. Rampart Range Road, a dirt road, is also called Forest Service Road (FSR) 300.
       The restricted area includes the National Forest boundary above Garden of the Gods to Sand Gulch (about two miles south of Rampart Reservoir), a press release states.
       All of the National Forest System lands between the Highway 24 corridor and Rampart Range Road remain closed to entry.
       “The U.S. Forest Service has installed signs that identify the designated parking locations and these are generally in locations where use of the adjacent National Forest will not result in resource concerns,” the release adds. “Visitors should use extreme caution and expect to encounter falling dead trees and limbs, steep slopes, stump holes and the potential for flooding.”
       The Waldo Canyon Trail along Highway 24 remains closed, along with the South Rampart Shooting Range.
       The Waldo Canyon Fire occurred in June-July 2012, burning about 18,000 acres in all.
       For more information, call the Pikes Peak District Office at 636-1602.

From a press release
(Posted 10/10/14; Outdoors: General)

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