Park County Closes Monument Hill Road Until Spring (At Least)
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 3, 2023
While anyone can still access Shoshone National Forest and the adjacent area, County Road 7UH is closed to all vehicle traffic to prevent damage and cut future maintenance costs.
Park County has CLOSED County Road 7U.H. – Monument Hill Road – to vehicular traffic as of Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023. This closure is effective west of the gate, which lies 1.6 miles west of HWY 120. The portion of the road from HWY 120 to the gate will remain open.
Access of Road 7UH west of the gate to the cattleguard in Section 31, T. 54N., R. 103 W. is permissible by foot, horseback, snowmobile, and A.T.V.s while the gate is closed. However, the public is advised to stay on the County Right-of-Way and to respect the private property along the route.
This road will remain closed through the winter and spring until the road is dry and safe for traffic. The closure is intended to reduce the damage to the road and maintenance costs in the spring. Public cooperation during this closure is appreciated.
The public is allowed access to the Shoshone National Forest via the County Road and the Red Grade Road by foot, horseback, snowmobile, and A.T.V.s.
The public is advised to stay on the Red Grade Road and to respect the private property along the route.
Access to the State and B.L.M. lands south of the cattleguard via the Limited Use Easement is restricted. Only persons with valid permits for timber harvesting and elderly or disabled persons with a special permit are allowed to use this road, subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement between Trail Creek Partners and Park County.
Monument Hill Road’s opening is highly dependent on the weather. While it often closes in winter, the last time Park County closed the road was due to “wet and unsafe conditions” in June 2022.