Town of Rico Enacts Emergency Fire Ban

Due to on going concerns about fire hazard, especially over the 4th of July, the Town of Rico enacted an emergency fire ban at the Trustee’s meeting on June 20th.  Please be advised that the following activities are strictly forbidden:

  • All open fires within the Town of Rico including camp fires, stove fires, charcoal grills and barbecues.  Propane grills stoves that can be turned off are permitted.
  • Smoking except within a closed vehicle or trail or an area that paved, graveled or otherwise cleared of flammable material.
  • Welding or operating any torch with an open flame.
  • Operating any internal combustion engine (ie. chainsaw, generator or ATV) without a properly installed spark arresting device.
  • Fireworks, including but not limited to blasting caps and rockets.
  • Discharging firearms.
  • Using motor vehicles off established road.       

Deputies from the Dolores County Sheriff’s office will be enforcing these rules.

San Juan National Forest to Lift Forest-wide Closure Order

DURANGO, Colo. – On Thursday, June 21, at 3 p.m., the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) will re-open to the public by rescinding the Stage 3 Closure Order that has been in place since June 12.  Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Durango area that closed last week will also reopen. An area around the active 416 and Burro Fires will remain closed to public entry, including the segments of the Colorado Trail from Molas Pass to the Junction Creek terminus.  The BLM lands and the rest of the SJNF will remain in Stage 2 fire restrictions. For more information on the closure and fire restrictions, please contact the San Juan National Forest at 970-247-4874 or visit the Forest webpage at . You can also follow @SanJuanNF on Twitter and Facebook.

Map of Trail and Road Closures on the San Juan National Forest

Burro Fire Southwest of Rico

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Welcome to Rico Colorado!

Official website for the town of Rico Colorado

Rico is a quaint mountain town with a wide variety of historic and natural attractions. Located in southwest Colorado just 30 minutes from Telluride it offers a wide array of mountain activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, biking, and skiing. With iconic peaks and the clear flowing water of the Dolores river, the drive to Rico along the designated scenic byway on highway 145 will not disappoint.

For those who currently live in Rico and those who stop by and visit, the towns quiet community provides a great chance to connect with the mountain atmosphere.

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