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Entrance road to Sand Mountain to be temporarily closed on weekdays starting July 7



CARSON CITY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District-Stillwater Field Office, announces that starting Wednesday, July 7 through approximately August 26 the entrance road to BLM’s Sand Mountain Recreation Area off U.S. Highway 50 will be closed for road reconstruction and paving on weekdays from 5:00 a.m. on Mondays through 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.  The entrance road will reopen for weekend recreational access on Friday afternoons at 4:00 p.m., and remain open Saturdays and Sundays through Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m.  Sand Mountain is located approximately 25 miles east Fallon, Nevada, in Churchill County, Nevada.

The Sand Mountain entrance road is being reconstructed to improve the access for approximately 50,000 off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, hikers & sandboarders who visit Sand Mountain Recreation Area and the Sand Springs Pony Express Station each year. The existing gravel road has a deteriorating rock and gravel base and has never been paved.  The construction and paving project is being conducted during the hottest months of the year when traditional visitation to Sand Mountain is at its lowest.

Due to the use of heavy equipment during reconstruction and paving of the road, vehicle access between U.S. Highway 50 and Sand Mountain will be closed between 5:00 a.m. on Mondays through 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.  Access to the Sand Springs Pony Express Station will also be restricted due to construction work.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Daniel Westermeyer, Outdoor Recreation Planner, BLM-Carson City District, Stillwater Field Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, Nevada  89701, Telephone: (775) 885-6000.

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