Improvements continue in Chiricahuas

Improvements continue in Chiricahuas

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - National Forest System Road 42A (NFSR 42A), Herb Martyr Road has reopened in the Chiricahua Mountains on the Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest.  NFSR 42 through Cave Creek had previously reopened following damage from flooding.  Motorists are advised to use caution and observe signs posted for safety purposes.

Following completion of repairs to power lines the area west of the creek between Stewart and Sunny Flat campgrounds will reopen.  Recreationists are reminded to use caution in the area due to natural hazards and work crews completing repairs to telephone lines in the area.

Rucker Canyon will also reopen, as will Herb Martyr and John Hands day-use areas.

Some roads and recreation sites located in the area remain closed due to damage related to recent storms.

The following recreation sites are temporarily closed to human entry:

-Idlewilde Campground

-Stewart Campground

-Sunny Flat Campground

-South Fork Day Use Area

The following are temporarily closed:

-National Forest System Roads 42E (South Fork Road).

-National Forest System Roads 314 and 685.

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 public in the Chiricahua Mountains after recent flood events caused significant road damage and erosion concerns.

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.

For further information please contact the Douglas Ranger District Office at (520) 364-3468 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the week.

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