Trail Status 101: From Open to Permanently Closed

Author: Ariana Dufour
Date: December 22, 2022

Trails Offroad™ trail statuses are vital information to know before kicking off any off-road adventure. Is a trail open, closed for the season, or maybe even permanently closed? Let's talk about what each can mean.

What is a trail status and how does it work?

The Status is the primary way anyone can communicate the accessibility of a trail at a glance. We rely on our authors and members to keep trail guide statuses as up-to-date as possible. Trails Offroad™ authors can edit trail guides to change the Status as necessary, or members can leave a trail review and select the most appropriate Status from the drop-down selector before submitting their review.


Breaking down each status and meaning

The trail is open to licensed, highway-legal vehicles.

Permanently Closed
The trail is closed to all motor vehicle traffic with no date for re-opening.

Temporary Closure
The trail is closed temporarily. This could be due to: fire restrictions, flooding, road damage, etc. Check the Trail Reviews for further details from the author.

Seasonal Closure
The trail is closed for the season per Management Agency Rules. Open dates are typically listed on the MVUM or management agency website (ex. Open 04/01-12/31)

The trail is impassable due to snow or weather conditions. This is used for situations where one would only be able to complete the trail partially. A good example is a high country trail where the snowpack is still too deep to complete the trail even after the road has seasonally opened for the year.

Partially Open
Maybe Impassable in Spots – the trail is open and passable up to a point. Check the trail reviews for further information and use your best judgment on whether your vehicle can handle the impassable section(s).

Not Reported
This is a unique circumstance and isn't seen often.

Trails statuses on the map

All this information comes together with a lot of work by our Trails Offroad™ authors and members in hopes that it is helpful and gets put to good use. You can narrow down the trail list on our map by simply opening up the Filters in the sidebar and selecting from the Status drop-down. Don't forget to check the most recent Trail Reviews for a better idea of trail conditions and other members' experiences on the trail.

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