Road Closures in Nevada Hamper Hunters
The US Forest Service (USFS) announced that Harrison Pass Road in the Ruby Mountains southwest of Elko will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday starting September 2, and continuing through mid October. It will be open on the weekends. The road is being closed for resurfacing by the Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with the US Forest Service. Harrison Pass is a very popular access point and travel route for hunters who have big game tags in Area 10.
The portion of Harrison Pass Road to be closed starts at the Zaga Ranch on the west side of the pass continuing along the paved portion to approximately 2 miles below Harrison Pass summit. The east side of Harrison pass and the summit will be open for hunters who are trying to reach areas above the pass. If traveling from Elko the east side may be accessed through Secret Pass to the north or through Overland Pass to the south.
There is a possibility that the project may not start on September 2 and may be delayed anywhere from a few days to a week. It is also possible that the closure could continue into early November if construction is delayed due to weather or other factors. Signs will be posted at key access locations in the area including the intersection of SR 227 and SR228. The USFS will maintain an updated phone recording describing access conditions of the road at 775-778-6141. Hunters are encouraged to check this recording before venturing into Harrison Pass.
Visit http://www.ndow.org/about/news/pr/082808_Harrison_pass.shtm to view a map of the affected areas.
Visit http://www.ndow.org/about/news/pr/Road_Closures.shtm to see additional road closures that may affect hunt units.
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