Heavy monsoon rains affected two park roads on Friday, August 07, 2015. Mud and debris flows crossed segments of Lakeshore Drive causing a brief closure of South Entrance but was cleared quickly by NPS staff. The popular Chains Road was also badly damaged during the storms and is closed for repair. Park staff will begin repairs to the road early next week to provide public access. Daily ranger-led hikes will still be available during the temporary closure and will begin at the parking area.
Visitors are reminded that while the walk from the parking area to the Hanging Gardens trailhead is less than half a mile, the popular swimming and fishing areas at the Chains are over 2 miles away from current parking. Any visitors who choose to hike that distance should be prepared with plenty of water and sun protection.
Last updated: August 8, 2015