So, while scouting my deer hunting area, I came across several sections of National Forest that were "closed" for different reasons. Signs in the area had very informative phrases like "Area closed for reconstruction", "Authorized Construction Personell Only", "Seasonal Closure", and the most informative "Area Closed". In most cases, I did not find any additional signage that added any additional clarification. Vehicle roads and trails in these areas were blockaded, so they were obviously closed to vehicle traffic. When an area of the National Forest is "closed", does that mean it is also "closed" to foot traffic?
I spent some time searching the Arapaho National Forest website regarding these closures when I got home, and I did find additonal vague information. Nothing mentioned even a desired timeline for these closures, nor was there any additional information regarding what type of use was actually prohibited by these closures. I realize I could call the Boulder Ranger District, but after stopping by the office a few weeks ago and asking several questions where the ranger I was talking to had several opportunities and failed to mention the closure of several large portions of national forest area for reconstruction, I don't believe I will get much better information from them than I already have.
I am sure this is extremely common (especially seasonal closures), but previously, I have not had to deal with this much at all. Does anybody else have more experience with National Forest area closures? When an area is "closed", am I supposed to assume that it is closed to all forms of recreation and not just vehicles? If I am hiking in a "closed" area, is that trespassing? I am probably over thinking the situation, but I do not want to get in trouble for being somewhere I am not supposed to be, nor do I want to miss out on public areas that I am lawfully allowed to be.