Rustler Park improvements in the Chiricahua Mountains

Rustler Park improvements in the Chiricahua Mountains

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Improvements for Rustler Park Campground in the Coronado National Forest, Douglas Ranger District are scheduled to begin on May 22.

Work involved includes removing old and aging cable posts, which had been installed to prevent damage to the meadow from off road vehicles.  These cables will be removed due to the low height of the cable that renders it ineffective as a barrier for vehicles, and makes it a threat to people accessing the area on foot. Boulders will replace the old cable system.

The first phase of improvements is scheduled for May 22, when a large dump truck will haul the boulders to the site. The trucks will be using Forest Road 42, which passes through Pinery Canyon and Onion Saddle before reaching Rustler Park; work is expected to take five to seven days.

The second phase of work is scheduled for June 1; during this phase the cables and posts will be removed and boulders will be placed; logging debris will also be removed during this time. Work will require heavy equipment and should be complete within seven days.

Visitors to the area are encouraged to be aware of heavy equipment and haul trucks using the roads in the area, and construction equipment operating in the campground.

For more information please contact the Douglas Ranger District located at 1192 W. Saddleview Road in Douglas, Arizona.  The office can be reached by phone by calling (520) 364-3468.  Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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