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I was planning a trip to Silverton in mid-Sept but following the typical government-led CF at Gold King Mine I am fearful of bureaucratic over-reaction closing down everything in the area.  I've read that a lot of the river has been closed but nothing about any of the backcountry 4x4 trails.

 

Would appreciate any feedback from locals since very little (other than "it wasn't my fault") seems to be reported in the media. 

 

Thanks!

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I live just south of Durango, so don't get me started on this.  Short version is, it is looking like this may have been deliberate on the part of the EPA, they hate mining and they also have been trying to get the area declared a Superfund site for 20 years.  If you want to connect the dots yourself read this: 

http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-news/ci_28625241/silverton-residents-reconsider-need-superfund-light-spill

and this:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/08/letter-to-editor-predicted-colorado-epa-spill-one-week-before-catastrophe-so-epa-could-secure-superfund-cash/

Bottom line is, who knows what is going to be going on in mid Sept., other than the leaves starting to turn. ;)   The area in question is not really in an area you want to go to anyway, so the river mess probably won't affect wheeling and riding.  BTW, there is not a whole lot of dirt bike stuff in the immediate Silverton area anyway, but there are a bunch of relatively easy 4by roads that are very scenic.

 

BTW, the river is supposed to re-open in a few days.

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I live just south of Durango, so don't get me started on this.  Short version is, it is looking like this may have been deliberate on the part of the EPA, they hate mining and they also have been trying to get the area declared a Superfund site for 20 years.  If you want to connect the dots yourself read this: 

http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-news/ci_28625241/silverton-residents-reconsider-need-superfund-light-spill

and this:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/08/letter-to-editor-predicted-colorado-epa-spill-one-week-before-catastrophe-so-epa-could-secure-superfund-cash/

Bottom line is, who knows what is going to be going on in mid Sept., other than the leaves starting to turn. ;)   The area in question is not really in an area you want to go to anyway, so the river mess probably won't affect wheeling and riding.  BTW, there is not a whole lot of dirt bike stuff in the immediate Silverton area anyway, but there are a bunch of relatively easy 4by roads that are very scenic.

 

BTW, the river is supposed to re-open in a few days.

 

I live just south of Durango, so don't get me started on this.  Short version is, it is looking like this may have been deliberate on the part of the EPA, they hate mining and they also have been trying to get the area declared a Superfund site for 20 years.  If you want to connect the dots yourself read this: 

http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-news/ci_28625241/silverton-residents-reconsider-need-superfund-light-spill

and this:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/08/letter-to-editor-predicted-colorado-epa-spill-one-week-before-catastrophe-so-epa-could-secure-superfund-cash/

Bottom line is, who knows what is going to be going on in mid Sept., other than the leaves starting to turn. ;)   The area in question is not really in an area you want to go to anyway, so the river mess probably won't affect wheeling and riding.  BTW, there is not a whole lot of dirt bike stuff in the immediate Silverton area anyway, but there are a bunch of relatively easy 4by roads that are very scenic.

 

BTW, the river is supposed to re-open in a few days.

 

Thanks for the feedback!  We'll be on dual sported bikes so plan was to hit several of the jeep trails and enjoy scenery plus explore mines and ghost towns.  Then another day throw bikes in truck and head for Telluride area to ride some more challenging trails.  At least that is where I heard there was such.

Thanks for the feedback.  We're on dual sport bikes so part

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I rode up there yesterday and took a little detour over to the source of the spill.  The only roads that are closed are the ones that would bring you directly to the area of the spill-the road to Velocity Basin, the road up to Minnehaha Basin, and the road down in the valley that parallels the road that goes up to Corkscrew Gulch.  There were quite a few guys out working, especially for a Sunday.  I doubt anything will be closed at all in September.  Things have calmed down quite a bit already.  If you ride up the road that takes you up to Corkscrew Gulch (I can't remember the county road number) you can look over and see where the spill came down the mountain and the new settling ponds they built to "filter" the water before it hits Cement Creek.  

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