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There is a road closure in the Stillwater State Forest due to a road slump north of Whitefish, MT that we just heard about.
UPDATE JUNE 20, 2022: 
The Stillwater Unit will be removing the road closure off the 900/Mount Marston Road accessed from Stryker, MT. The Upper Whitefish Road is open to the 2-mile intersection with Stryker Face Road but will remain closed past this point until an alternate route past the 7-mile slide can be determined. The Lower Whitefish Road is expected to be opened by Friday, June 24th or as soon as repairs to the road can be completed. The Upper Whitefish Lake Campground and access to Werner Peak Lookout remain closed at this time. Updates will be posted as conditions change. Please direct all inquiries to the Stillwater Unit main office at 406-881-2371.     

June 15, 2022: 
The Stillwater Unit has taken a precautionary measure and is closing all main open roads that access the main block of Stillwater State Forest.  This includes the Lower Whitefish Road accessed via East Lakeshore Dr. from Whitefish, Upper Whitefish Road accessed from Olney and the 900/Mount Marston Road accessed from Stryker, MT. This includes the Upper Whitefish Lake Campground. Gates/closures are in place and are signed notifying the public.  The closures will remain in effect until at least Monday, June 20. At that time, we will reassess the condition of the roads. Please direct all inquiries to our main office at 406-881-2371.

Go to this website:

As of June 24, the Cibola National Forest in New Mexico has lifted its stage 3 closure restrictions. Southbound: on map 5C, at turn T, you can stay on the main route to ride to Grants. On map 6A, from Grants, you can stay on the main route to ride to Pie Town.

The west, east, and south gates to Yellowstone have reopened. There will be significant traffic on the roads we use through the park.

Routes / Re: Great Divide Route Closures
« on: June 23, 2022, 03:35:00 pm »
There is a road closure due to flooding north of Whitefish, MT that we just heard about. It might be open by the time you reach Eureka, but you should check about it. Go to this website:

For other road closures and detours on the Great Divide see the Forums under the Temporary ACA Route Road Closures discussion here:
Presently, there are still National Forest wildfire closures throughout New Mexico which began last month. When we find out that the forests have opened it will be mentioned in those posts.

Also, have you reviewed the online map updates and corrections pages for the GD? I know that on section 1, map B there is a detour shown around some logging activity. You should check these pages before you go.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Yellowstone Reopening
« on: June 22, 2022, 09:57:08 am »
Pat, you are correct, they can. I'll delete the Parks, Peaks, and Prairies information from my previous post.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / Re: Yellowstone Reopening
« on: June 20, 2022, 06:52:19 pm »
Once the park is reopened, any TransAm or Parks, Peaks, and Prairies cyclists will be able to follow their route through the Park, though there will likely be more traffic on the roads.

You'd have to purchase the GPX data, then upload it into RWGPS. There is no way to go from the BRN to RWGPS.

Routes / Re: camping on the Northern Tier
« on: May 23, 2022, 04:57:41 pm »
In our service directory it says the Colonial Campground has hiker/biker sites. You should call to confirm (206) 386-4495 or 854-7200, but I don't think you can reserve a hiker/biker site. We do try to note the campgrounds that have hiker/biker sites.

Jason - From the Ride with GPS links, you can download them as a gpx file.

Thanks for letting me know. I've corrected the link in the original post.

The Carson and Santa Fe National Forests will implement forest-wide stage 3 closures on Thursday, May 19, at 8 AM. Fire danger remains extreme with record conditions only expected to worsen over the foreseeable future. These closures will be rescinded after significant moisture has been received and overall conditions improve. The Cibola National Forest will issue stage 3 closures within the Mount Taylor, Mountainair, and Sandia Ranger Districts, also on Thursday, May 19, at 8 a.m.

The route goes through the Carson National Forest on #5 map B, the Santa Fe National Forest on #5 map C. It goes through the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District, on #5 map C and #6 map A.

Southbound, here is a paved detour from near the CO/NM state line to Abiquiu, NM:

Southbound, here is a paved detour from Abiquiu to Cuba, NM:

From Cuba, you can choose to ride the Chaco Alternate to Grants (#5 map C), or you can stay on the main route until you reach turn T, 164.3 miles. The following detour uses CR 75 (a paved road) that crosses a very short stretch of the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District. CR 75 is open to the public.

From Grants, you will need to ride the El Malpais Alternate to Pie Town (#6 map A) to avoid the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District.

On #6 map B you will ride the route until you reach turn H, 64.8 mi. At that point you'll need to see this post to avoid the road closure on the Gila National Forest:

We will keep this information updated as we hear more.

Routes / Re: Parking for two weeks in Orchard Park, NY
« on: May 16, 2022, 05:01:08 pm »
If there's a local bike shop I would call it for suggestions. You could also call the chamber of commerce, or the police station. It is farther away, but I'm sure there's long term parking at the Buffalo Niagara Airport.

Also, many campgrounds in the northeast close after Labor Day, though some may be open through leaf peeping season. You'd have to call/confirm beforehand.

The Black Fire in the Gila National Forest, which was discovered 5/13/22, has grown to over 19,000 acres. It has overrun FR 150, north of Black Canyon, and is west of the Meown Work Center, and 24 miles north of Mimbres. FR 150 is closed between Meason Park to the intersection of 150 and Diamond Creek. For more information see:

Southbound, here's a partial gravel/paved detour. From Map B, turn H, 64.8 mi.: At “Y”, bear right following FR 28 toward Willow Creek and Snow Lake. The gravel road may also be signed SR 159 and/or Bursum Rd.This is a one lane road, with gravel/dirt and rocks embedded in the road surface. It is extremely rough in places and certain parts have switchbacks. The Willow Creek USFS Campground is 22.5 miles after turn H. The tiny town of Mogollon is 39.5 miles after turn H. The road becomes paved, and it's another 9.5 miles to the intersection with US 180. At US 180, turn left onto US 180 and follow it for 65 miles to Silver City. See:

Southbound, an easier paved detour begins on map B, at turn D, 34.5 mi., continue west on SR 12 for 40 miles to US 180. Then ride south and east on US 180 for 92 miles to Silver City.

The bridge crossing Braud Bayou near Carville, LA is being replaced. The detour on SR 30 and SR 3115 has good shoulders.

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