The U.S. Forest Service Says recent snow accumulation and forecasted winds have forced the temporary closure of the Happy Jack Recreation Site.

The Forest Service says the Laramie Ranger District has not been able to plow Forest Road 719, which provides access to the parking lot. The road – and as a result, the Happy Jack Recreation Site – had to be closed.

Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos says crews will try to clear the road and restore access as soon as possible.

“Our crews went up to plow that today, and they didn’t get very far,” says Voos. “They kind of started to plow just a little bit but realized that they were fighting a losing battle with the winds picking up and the forecasted winds here over the next couple days.”

The Forest Service says in a press release that the public should not try to go down the hill toward the parking lot because significant snow drifts make it very likely that vehicles will get stuck.

“I don’t think people can get down it even if they want to,” says Voos.

“We will attempt to get some bigger equipment up there a little bit later this week or early in the weekend and get that back open so people can use it this weekend because it’s a very popular area,” says Voos.

Nearby, the Tie City Recreation Site remains open and accessible.

For more information, call the Laramie Ranger District at 745-2300.