updated October 3, 2011

Heavy thunderstorms during August and September washed ash and debris down from areas burned by last year’s wildfire, covering sections of the Medano Pass Road. Fast-moving waters carved out sections of the road as well as parts of the Sand Ramp Trail.

As of October 3, the road is closed from the fourth creek crossing (6.4 miles east of Pinyon Flats Campground) to the Medano Lake Trailhead (1/2 mile below the Medano Pass summit). All of Medano Canyon is still open to hiking and horseback riding. Visitors may still access the Point of No Return parking area with most passenger cars, and Castle Creek Picnic Area with high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles. The main Dunes Parking Area and paved park roads remain open.

The Sand Ramp Trail is also closed between Cold Creek and Sand Creek.

On the Medano Primitive Road, visitors may still access the Point of No Return parking area with most passenger cars, and Castle Creek Picnic Area with high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles. The main Dunes Parking Area and paved park roads remain open.

For the latest information, please contact the Visitor Center at 719-378-6399.

Source: NPS

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