Warm weather has prompted park officials to close temporarily all of the park's gravel carriage roads to prevent damage to the roads while they are soft during the spring thaw. Credit: Bill Trotter

Mud season has hit Acadia National Park in Maine.

The park announced Monday that the park’s famed carriage roads have been closed to all users until things dry out. Officials said a combination of wet weather and melting snow has softened the carriage roads, making them susceptible to damage from hikers, cyclists and horses.

Superintendent Kevin Schneider said the temporary closure will help to keep the historic carriage paths in good shape and prevent costly repairs.