The Bighorn National Forest currently remains open, but most developed recreation facilities are closed, and local offices are no longer permitting visitors to enter their buildings.
Closures will be in effect until April 30, then will be re-evaluated, according to National Forest officials. The management actions are to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to the BNF, closure of developed recreation facilities is to reduce congregation at trailheads, facilities and parking lots. Forest visitors will find limited access for roads, trails and recreation sites, which is typical on the Forest for this time of year.
All Forest campgrounds, visitor centers and bathroom facilities are closed and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. All Forest rental cabins are closed for the foreseeable future.
In addition, many National Forest System roads are impassable due to seasonal closures, snow drifts, waterlogged roadbeds, down trees or other debris.
Wheeled motor vehicle users may not travel off designated roads and trails or through wet areas. All offices on the Bighorn National Forest are conducting business and providing services virtually.