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

Media Contact: Larry Lingerfelt, 970-240-6306,
Marlon Duke, 801-524-3774,

For Release: December 05, 2017

MONTROSE, Colorado—The Bureau of Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office announced today that the East Portal Road, located east of Montrose, Colorado, will close on Thursday, December 7, 2017, or earlier if weather conditions worsen and make travel unsafe.

The East Portal Road, beginning at the junction with State Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and Crystal Dam.

The East Portal Road will remain closed through the winter.

For more information contact Larry Lingerfelt at (970) 240-6306.

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