BURNS - Effective Monday, December 4, the lower sections of the Steens Mountain Loop Road were closed for the winter season reported U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Andrews Resource Area Field Manager Karla Bird.

The gate near Page Springs Campground just east of Frenchglen and the gate at Black Canyon, approximately 4 miles east of Highway 205 in Catlow Valley, are closed until next spring or summer.

As soon as adequate snow pack exists, the North Loop Road Winter Recreation Program will get underway, allowing visitors to access the snowline beyond the closed gate near Page Springs Campground for cross-country skiing, limited snowmobiling, and other recreation activities.

The southern portion of the Loop Road is not part of the Winter Recreation Program - motorized access or use beyond the closed gate at Black Canyon is prohibited.

Page Springs Campground will be the only campground on Steens Mountain available for use during the winter with reduced fees of $4 per vehicle per night.

Visitors are reminded that weather on Steens Mountain can change dramatically within minutes. Be prepared, drive with caution and let someone know of your travel plans.

Info: 541-573-4400.

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