The U.S. Forest Service has closed five trails west of Colorado Springs near Bear Creek because of damage from last month's heavy rains.
The agency announced Monday, the day before federal employees were sent home on furlough, that trails 665, 667, 668, 701 and 720. from the junction with 701 to 668, are closed to all users. The emergency order says the closure will remain in effect until September 2014 unless rescinded.
Heavy rains fell in the foothills southwest of Colorado Springs, as well as throughout much of Colorado, during the second week of September, turning placid creeks like Cheyenne Creek into raging torrents.
The flooding tore up the road into North Cheyenne Canon Park, and the park is still closed.
The closed trails border the park on three sides, and some had been largely inaccessible because of the park's closure.