Public lands access
Garfield County historic routes maps
Historic routes play an important role in maintaining public access to public land (such as BLM land or National Forest land). In order to manage existing and potential road and trail easements accessing public land in Garfield County, the county relies in part on historic route maps.
Proposed ordinance would open more county roads to OHVs
On October 13, 2016, the Board of County Commissioner adopted Ordinance 2016-01 which established a set of regulations that governed the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs), as well as adopted a map that specifies what county roads in unincorporated Garfield County are open and closed to OHV use.
In a regular Board of County Commissioner work session on December 7, 2021, the Town of Silt requested that the board amend the map to open a specified section of County Road 214 from Smith Doll Coal Mine Road westerly to the Town of Silt boundary connecting to N. 7th Street, County Road 228, and County Road 250 in order to facilitate direct access from the north part of the Town of Silt to the Silt Mesa Extensive Recreation Management Area, also known as “Squirrel Valley.”
The links below depict the current OHV Routes (Exhibit A), the proposed additional routes to be added (Exhibit B), and the proposed new and amended OHV Route Map (Exhibit C). The first reading of proposed Ordinance No. 2022-2 is scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2022 as part of the Board of County Commissioners’ agenda.
Garfield County federal lands:
Bureau of Land Management: 615,973 Acres
U.S. Forest Service: 515,865 Acres
Bureau of Reclamation: 2,335 Acres