The Monte Cristo Highway will open to all traffic for the spring and summer season at midnight on Friday, June 7 — two weeks later than usual after a winter with extremely deep snowfall, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

SR-39 will open from milepost 37, the Ant Flat parking lot east of Huntsville, to milepost 56 near Woodruff in Rich County. Once the gates are opened, the roadway between these two points will remain open until late next fall. The remainder of this route is open year around.

Snow is still deep off of the roadway and most campgrounds are snowbound. Motorists and recreationalists are urged to use caution when leaving SR-39.

This section of the Monte Cristo Highway is closed for the winter months between these points each season due to motorist safety concerns and the prohibitive cost of keeping it open to winter traffic. The roadway is opened each spring once winter weather conditions have generally subsided.

Motorists are advised, however, that winter storms may still occur at the highest elevations on this highway well into the summer months, so they should always be prepared for this when traveling this route.

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