Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Andorra.
Interest: hiking, backpacking, scrambling, climbing
They didn't close them or anything - just made them more difficult to access to weed out a little of the drunken idiot crowd. The gate has been there for a good while now.
It's 6km up the access road - a short bike ride, or 1-1.5 hours on foot, then the usual scramble up to the caves.
You're too late for this year though. Best time to see is in February-April, year depending (if you want to see the ice). The plug is there all year. The big column is there all spring and melts over the summer. The ice stalagmites and such are gone by May/June.
So if you really want to see it looking good, get there early in the year.
BTW - nice photo in the new KCTG, Sodbuster!