For Immediate Release
April 25, 2008
Piedra River: Sheep Creek Bridge Boating Hazard Update
The Sheep Creek Trail Bridge over the Piedra River within the San Juan
National Forest collapsed during the winter of 2008. As of April 25, the
bridge no longer spans the river. However, it remains in the water and
is attached on the west side of the river. Even though it no longer
spans the river, in high water, the planking and wires of the bridge and
captured debris may not be visible. Approach the area with caution.
Steep banks and the absence of beaches and eddies above the location
could make a pull-out difficult to hazardous. There are certainly other
hazards for river runners along the Piedra River which require careful
river-reading, scouting, and assessment of one’s river running skills.
The bridge is below the First Box Canyon and about 3.5 river miles
downstream of the First Fork put-in. The location is roughly nineteen
air miles west of Pagosa Springs and five miles north of US Highway 160
where it crosses the Piedra River. For more information, contact the
Pagosa Public Lands office of the San Juan Public Lands at 970 264-2268.
Visitor Information Services
San Juan Public Lands
Pagosa Ranger District
P.O. Box 310
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"