Forest Service opening canyon roads and some campsites

Lower gate of Green Canyon. Rangers opened the road to motorized traffic May 1 (Will Feelright).

LOGAN — As temperatures increase and snow continues to melt in the mountains, forest rangers are opening portions of Left Hand Fork, Card Canyon, Green Canyon, Smithfield Canyon and High Creek to motorists. The roads were officially opened for all wheeled travel Wednesday afternoon.

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest announced the canyon openings on their social media accounts. They noted that both Green Canyon and High Creek are only accessible in the lower parts, past the first gates. Upper segments of the canyons will be opened further as the snowpack continues melting.

Rangers have also started opening campgrounds for picnicking and camping. Portions of the Box Elder Campground, located in Sardine Canyon, opened Wednesday. Campgrounds in Logan Canyon should open within the next week.

Motorists are being asked to avoid driving on roads that are snow covered, wet and muddy. Drivers can run the risk of getting stranded or damaging the road.

Rangers have also been monitoring rivers that are running high from the spring runoff. They advise people to keep an eye on children and pets around bodies of water.

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