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Parts of Guadalupe Mountains National Park remain closed after flood

Written by , published September 19, 2013

Guadalupe Mountains National Park has offered an update in the aftermath of last week's heavy flooding. 

Park officials say parts of mountainous park on the New Mexico border remain closed this week as they continue to assess damage and make repairs to flood-damaged areas.McK flooding 9.12.2013[1]

More than a foot of rain fell in areas of the park during a 24-hour period last week. Over a three-day period, the park received more rain than it typically does in a year.

The flooding turned McKittrick Canyon, which is normally a dry creek with occasional shallow pools, into a raging river several feet deep.

“The Frijole Ranch Cultural History Museum, inside the Frijole Ranch House, and the Frijole Bunkhouse sustained heavy water damage to the carpet and walls, and mold is growing inside,” the park said in a news release. “A large section of water line was also lost in Frijole Ranch. Ship on the Desert sustained water damage from roof leaks. Park staff is drying out both the Frijole Ranch House and the Ship on the Desert, and have initiated repairs.”

Also, part of Williams Road and the salt flats on the park’s western flank remain under water.

Here’s the park’s list of what’s open and what remains closed.

Open:

  • Pine Springs Visitor Center
  • Pine Springs Campground (Both RV and Tent Camping)
  • McKittrick Canyon Visitor Contact Station
  • Guadalupe Peak Backcountry Campground
  • Wilderness Ridge Backcountry Campground
  • Frijole Ranch (Exterior Areas Only)
  • Guadalupe Peak Trail
  • The Pinery Trail and the Pinery Butterfield Station Ruins
  • Guadalupe Peak Stock Trail
  • McKittrick Canyon Trail (First 1½ Miles to 4th Water Crossing Only)
  • Devil’s Hall Trail (1st mile only)
  • The Western Smith Spring Loop (Smith Spring Trail is Closed Between Smith Spring and Manzanita Spring)
  • The Manzanita Spring Trail

Closed:

  • Frijole Ranch Cultural History Museum
  • Ship on the Desert
  • McKittrick Canyon Trail Beyond the First 1½ Miles, including Pratt Cabin
  • Devil’s Hall Trail After the First Mile
  • Williams Ranch Road and Williams Ranch
  • Williams Road, the Salt Basin Dunes and Western Part of the Park
  • Dog Canyon
  • All Other Trails, Backcountry Campgrounds and Backcountry Areas

The park reminds visitors that trails which have been opened still have loose rocks and soft, uneven ground, and many require shallow water crossings. “Hikers and backpackers should exercise extreme caution, and all visitors are asked not to enter closed areas, for their own safety,” the park said.

 

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