Sheridan County Commissioners have established a date for the winter closure of a popular mountain-access road.
A primary road into the Big Horn Mountains that's favored by hunters and outdoor enthusiasts will now be closed for a near four-month period to motorized vehicles during the winter.
Through action taken Tuesday, the Sheridan County Commission approved a winter travel management agreement that coincides with the National Forest Service that prohibits vehicle travel from Dec. 15-April 1 on Red Grade Road.
Commission Chairman Steve Maier gave further details about who uses the county road and former closures, then tells why the commissioners decided to fall in line with the forestry service.
According to the travel management document, the measure was taken to promote safety and prevent conflicts between users of wheeled motorized vehicles and non-wheeled motorized vehicles. The road is about 7-8 miles south of Sheridan.