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Elk gathering on Mount Jumbo in winter.

Mount Jumbo’s South Zone, including the "L" trail, the US West road and the Backbone Trail, will remain closed through Monday, March 31.

The Saddle Road and all areas south of the road will reopen to the public Tuesday, April 1. The North Zone – areas north of the Saddle Road – remains closed until May 1. The Saddle Road is located at the north end of Lincoln Hills Drive.

Violations of the Mount Jumbo winter closure are punishable by fine. Call 9-1-1 to report closure violations.

In a typical snowfall year, Mount Jumbo’s South Zone reopens to the public March 15. However, due to late-season snowfall, the Mount Jumbo elk herd has remained at lower elevations in the South Zone. Earlier this week, 63 elk were counted on the mountain’s southern flank. Officials from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the city of Missoula have determined the winter closure should be extended to give the herd time to move to higher elevations.

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For more information, call 721-7275 or visit the Parks and Recreation website at missoulaparks.org.

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