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Reclamation Closes East Portal Road located near Montrose, Colorado for the Winter

Media Contact: Larry Lingerfelt, 970-240-6306,

For Release: November 22, 2016

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office announced today that the East Portal Road located east of Montrose, Colorado, is closed for the winter.

The East Portal Road, beginning at the junction with State Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Crystal Dam. The road will reopen next spring as weather conditions permit. For more information contact Larry Lingerfelt at (970) 240-6306.

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