The Oregon Department of Transportation will close the Old McKenzie Pass Highway for the winter beginning Thursday.
It’ll be a two-phase process that starts the morning of Nov. 7th as ODOT crews will close the west side of the highway from the lower gate at OR 126 to the upper gate west of Dee Wright Observatory.
The west side of the highway has already seen winter conditions and is difficult to safely maintain. Workers will travel that length of the highway to escort any visitors from the area.
On the morning of Nov. 12, crews will close the eastern access at the gate west of Sisters and also travel the highway to escort any visitors from the highway.
This is the annual closure of the highway to motorized vehicles. The annual road opening to motorized vehicles is the third Monday in June.
Non-motorized users, including hikers and bicyclists, access the area at their own risk when it is closed to motorized vehicles. The road is not maintained for travel, but users should always expect crews and equipment that may be working in the closed area.