Castle Dome McPherson Pass Road Closure


UPDATE: The road is currently open. Gates are closed but not locked. You will need to open and close them behind you. Obey the 15 mph signs. Be respectful of private property.  The refuge is currently working on an environmental assessment (EA) for a bypass route.  The EA will be available for public comment when completed in early 2019. 

A locked gate was installed by the private landowners at the Castle Dome Museum on the southern end of the Castle Dome/McPherson Pass Road, and at the northern end at the Hull Mine property line. Currently there are no other roads that bypass these privately-owned lands; however, the Service will continue to look into options. 


With this road closure, vehicle access to McPherson Pass and Castle Dome Peak will only be possible from the King Valley Road off highway 95 past the Border Patrol check station at mile post 76. Visitors wishing to access that part of the refuge are advised to allow for additional time and fuel to backtrack through the King Valley rather than making a loop through to the Castle Dome refuge entrance (see map).

No portions of Castle Dome/McPherson Pass Road managed by the Service will be closed. No other roads are impacted; vehicle access to the Big Eye mine area remains unchanged. The Service asks visitors to respect the road closure at the private inholdings. Please remember that traveling off road is not allowed anywhere on the refuge.