Tucson, AZ -(Ammoland.com)- Some roads and recreation sites located on the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest are being temporarily closed due to damage related to recent storms in the area.
National Forest System Road 42 from Pinery Administrative Site to Paradise is open to vehicular traffic. Motorists are advised to use caution and observe signs posted for safety purposes. The affected areas lie within the Chiricahua mountain range.
The following recreation sites are temporarily closed to human entry:
- Idlewilde Campground
- Stewart Campground
- Sunny Flat Campground
- John Hands Day Use Area
- Herb Martyr Day Use Area
National Forest System Road 42 from the Cave Creek Visitor Center to the closure gate located approximately ½ mile northwest of the Southwestern Research Station, is closed to vehicular traffic, open to pedestrians and bicyclists.
The following are temporarily closed:
- National Forest System Roads 42A (Herb Martyr Road) and 42E (South Fork Road).
- National Forest System Roads 314 and 685.
- National Forest System Roads 74E, 628, 4243, 4244, 4245, 4246, 4248, and 7181.
Some areas will be gated, others posted with signs. Copies of the Special Closure Orders and maps will be posted at closed areas, available at the Douglas Ranger District Office, and posted on the Coronado National Forest website.
The areas are closed to allow for public safety in the Chiricahua Mountains after recent flood events caused significant road damage and erosion concerns. Closures will remain in effect until Sept. 22, 2015, or until rescinded, whichever event occurs first.
Reports indicate that saturated soils and runoff debris are present in many areas of the Chiricahua Mountains. Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to use extreme caution while in the area, and are advised that even small amounts of precipitation may result in flash flooding.
Alternative recreation sites on the Douglas Ranger District are currently open. Rustler Park Campground can be reached by National Forest System Road (NFSR) 42. At 8,500 feet in elevation, 22 campsites can accommodate tents or trailers up to 22 feet in length.
On the west side of the Chiricahuas, Sycamore Campground can be reached on NFSR 41. The campground sits at 6,200 feet in elevation, with eight camp sites which can accommodate tents or trailers up to 16 feet in length.
Also on the west side of the Chiricahuas, Camp Rucker Group Site can be accessed by NFSR 74. At 5,600 feet in elevation, 11 campsites are available that can accommodate tents and trailers up to 16 feet in length.
In the Dragoon Mountains, Cochise Stronghold can be accessed by NFSR 84. At 5,000 feet, 12 camp sites can accommodate trailers up to 22 feet in length.
Drinking water and electricity are not available at the sites. Read the Forest Service news release on the Coronado National Forest website.
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