National Forest land in Oak Creek Canyon to close beginning July 3
June 15, 2014
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is forwarding to constituents the following information from a July 1, 2014, U.S. Forest Service news release:
The closure is being implemented for public safety due to the risks associated with flooding from Monsoon, debris flow and the limited ability to quickly inform and evacuate people along Oak Creek if a flood event were to occur.
The closure boundary expansion will include all National Forest land within Oak Creek Canyon from the northern switchbacks to an area near the southern Huckaby trailhead at Schnebly Hill Road. All developed recreation sites and vehicle pullouts along State Route 89A will be closed.
The closure only affects National Forest land, roads, and trails within the closure area on the Coconino National Forest. The closure does not affect any private, state, county, or other non-National Forest lands or roads within the closure boundary.
Additionally, the public water Sterling Springs standpipe in Oak Creek Canyon has been shut off to protect the water system from potential contamination, silt and debris during flooding.
Oak Creek Canyon Information Hotline: (928) 203-7505