Portions of Bonita Canyon Campground Closing - Tucson News Now

Portions of Bonita Canyon Campground Closing

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Photo by NPS of debris from flood waters at Bonita Canyon Campground July 2013 Photo by NPS of debris from flood waters at Bonita Canyon Campground July 2013
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Beginning July 7th, 10 of the 25 campsites in the Bonita Canyon campground in the Chiricahua mountains will be closed. Chiricahua National Monument acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano says the closure is to ensure the safety of visitors and staff during this years monsoon. 

"Closing certain sites in the campground allows us to mitigate some of the risk associated with camping in locations that can be prone to flash flooding", Stoffolano said.

Another reason for the closings is the fire restrictions already in place. We've had an extremely dry 2014 so far, and despite monsoon rains on the way, wildfires can still start and spread rapidly.  In addition, debris from previous fires can be picked up by fast flowing waters from heavy storms.

The park hopes to have all of the campsites open again by Labor Day weekend. If you have questions, you can contact the Chiricahua National Monument visitor center at 520-824-3560 ext 0, or go to www.nps.gov/chir

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