A couple of factors that may contribute to closures of roads in areas managed by the BLM or the USFS might be seen in the accompanying photos. One shows just part of the 250 pounds of trash the members of the Women's Surface Creek Saddle Club collected at one popular party spot in the Dominguez/Escalante National Conservation Area.
The other shows the erosion damage on the Grand Mesa National Forest. The more than two-foot-deep ruts are created by vehicles running straight through a wet area rather than using the dry but curving road constructed directly adjacent to the wet spot. One assumes that to use the dry path would require the driver to slow down. This is a common sight on forest roads and two tracks. Frequently this occurs when drivers avoid the curves built into the road to slow the run off that creates gullies and washes mud into the down slope water courses. It is unfortunate that just a few careless users can make things difficult for the rest of us.