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    P.O. Box 1070
    3289 Cooley Mesa Road
    Gypsum, Colorado 81637

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Dowd Junction trail closure Nov. 9

Contact: Gregg Barrie, Town of Vail Public Works Department, 970-479-2337 or

Oct. 31, 2014 - The seasonal closure of the Gore Valley Recreation Trail through Dowd Junction is scheduled to begin no later than Sunday, Nov. 9, when the first snows of the season trigger the annual deer migration through the Mud Springs wildlife underpass, which crosses under the trail.  The winter closure, which could occur sooner depending on weather conditions, allows for the migration of deer and elk and was a condition of the recreation trail's approval.  Additionally, plowing operations on Interstate 70 create a significant safety concern, which also contributes to the closure.

Gates will be in place to indicate the trail's closure as well as signs explaining the requirement.  The trail will reopen in the spring on or about May 15, as weather conditions allow.

For more information contact Greg Barrie in the Town of Vail Public Works Department at 970-479-2337 or go to