Craig briefs for Dec. 16 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig briefs for Dec. 16

Crew completes Dinosaur monument trail projects

A crew of eight Student Conservation Association members came from across the country to work on the Harper’s Corner and Fossil Discovery trails at Dinosaur National Monument this summer.

For three weeks in July, the crew constructed a staircase and rock wall, improved drainage, and completed other improvements to make the trails safer and more enjoyable for visitors. In all, the crew moved more than five tons of rock.

“The work completed by the SCA crew this past summer greatly improved trail conditions for years to come,” Superintendent Mary Risser said. “I was impressed by the enthusiasm and contributions of the crew.”

For 50 years, the Student Conservation Association has connected young people to the natural world by engaging students in hands-on service to the land.

Monument announces winter road closure

Dinosaur National Monument’s Harper’s Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles into the monument, will close to the public Jan. 1, Superintendent Mary Risser announced in a news release.

The first five miles of the road up to Plug Hat Butte will remain open and plowed throughout the winter to allow public access to the Plug Hat parking area for snowmobile and cross-country ski enthusiasts.

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The road closure entails locking two gates on the Harpers Corner Road above and below Moffat County Road 16 and the gate at Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area.