FALLON — Sand Mountain Recreation Area outside of was closed last week by the Bureau of Land Management in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the Winnemucca Sand Dunes, north of Winnemucca, was also closed to visitors.
More recently, BLM closed its offices and visitors centers statewide.
“The safety and health of our employees and the public is a top priority,” said BLM Nevada State Director Jon Raby. “We have taken steps to ensure that we can continue to carry out our multiple use mission while following the guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities.”
The following facilities have been closed as of March 30:
- Sand Mountain Recreation Area (Carson City District)
- Winnemucca Sand Dunes (Winnemucca District)
- California Trail Center (Elko District)
- Southern Nevada District
- The Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive and Visitor Center
- Sloan Canyon parking area and visitor contact station
- Red Rock Overlook
- Late Night Trailhead
- Red Spring picnic area and boardwalk
- All campsites at the Red Rock Campground
“While visitors are still welcome to enjoy BLM’s trails and open spaces, we ask they follow the guidance provided by the CDC and their local health authorities,” Raby added. “Other things to consider if you are going out is to avoid congregating in areas where there are more than 10 people or there are a lot of parked vehicles and keep in mind that if you get injured, medical response may be delayed or fewer resources may be available since many health care professionals and first responders are busy dealing with COVID-19.”