Canyon Pintado sites close for improvements

RANGELY | Starting on Sept. 11, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office will temporarily close access to the East Four Mile and South Orientation Recreation Sites in Canyon Pintado Historic District for about four to six weeks. These sites are located at mile posts 61.3 and 52.8 along State Highway 139.
“Canyon Pintado is known for its amazing rock art dating back thousands of years,” said Kent Walter, BLM White River Field Office Manager. The BLM will work to improve the accessibility of these sites by installing concrete parking areas, access ramps and sidewalks. During the closure, the public will not be able to access the parking areas, facilities or trails at these two sites. Depending on weather conditions, the closure may be extended.
Because these two sites were the only toilet facilities on SH 139 between Grand Junction and Rangely, temporary portable toilets will be placed at the Waving Hands Recreation Site (mile post 53.5) until improvements are finished. The six other developed recreation sites located along SH 139 in Canyon Pintado will remain open for public enjoyment.