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Last updated 3:30AM ET
September 26, 2018
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Piedra River Bridge Collapse
Sheep Creek Trail Footbridge over the Piedra River now blocks river flow, posing a threat to river runners. (Courtesy: Phyllis Wheaton, Pagosa Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service)
(ksut) - River running enthusiasts looking for big water on the Piedra River this spring are being warned of a major danger.
The Sheep Creek Trail Bridge over the river collapsed this winter.
The bridge is located below First Box Canyon downstream from First Fork Put in, about 19 miles west of Pagosa Springs and five miles north of highway 160.
The bridge won't be removed until after high water season.
That means anyone running the river in that area will have to portage the bridge and any log jams, in an area with steep banks and no bridges.
Forest Service Officials say it's a potentially life threatening situation for river runners.
You can see a picture of the collapsed bridge online at
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