Waldo Canyon Trailhead Closed

July 18, 2012 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - EL PASO COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has closed the Waldo Canyon parking area and trailhead, about one mile west of Manitou Springs, until further notice.

CDOT blocked off the parking area last week and placed “No Parking” signs at the trailhead at the request of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).  However, vehicles still are parking at the trailhead, even though it has been blocked with concrete barrier.  If the parking continues, the Colorado State Patrol can issue citations for illegal parking.  In addition, individuals using the closed trail can be issued a ticket, with fines up to $125.

The USFS closed the trail, which travels north of U.S. 24, due to extensive damage from the recent wildfires.

Recently, 14 citations were issued to people violating a ban on camping or hiking in a burn area in northern Colorado.