Hyalite Road will close to vehicle traffic late evening on March 31 and reopen on May 16 for spring road breakup. The road closes annually during this timeframe to allow the road subgrade to thaw and dry from the snow melt saturation. As one of the most popular recreation destinations in Montana, Hyalite receives an overwhelming amount of traffic and the asphalt road is unable to support the repeated motorized use during the spring thaw which causes additional surface cracking and potholes.
This transition period provides a great opportunity for non-motorized recreational pursuits during the spring season. “Hikers, bikers, runners and other recreationists all enjoy and look forward to experiencing Hyalite in a different way during this time,” said Wendi Urie, Bozeman District Recreation Program Manager.
Visitors to the canyon should be aware that there will be some administrative vehicle traffic on the road while Forest Service and contractors prepare facilities for the summer recreation season. Also, as the soil thaws and loosens, recreationists should be diligently watching for falling rock and debris.
Over 20,000 visitors a month explore Hyalite during the winter, and more than of 40,000 a month during the summer. That makes Hyalite one of the most sought after destinations in Montana. With all that love from recreationists, it is also important to take care of our backyard treasure.
For additional information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or visit us online at www.fs.usda.gov/custergallatin. For information about the Friends of Hyalite group and future volunteer opportunities please visit www.hyalite.org.