Commission Sets Red Grade Closure Date

Commission meetings are held in the new wing of the historic county courthouse in downtown Sheridan. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Commission meetings are held in the new wing of the historic county courthouse in downtown Sheridan. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

Sheridan County Commissioners have established a date for the winter closure of a popular mountain-access road.

News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the details.


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.

Commissioner Mike Nickel said this new document establishes a set date for closure, rather than letting weather predict.

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.

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