COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Recent rains in the Chiricahua Mountains raised water levels in Cave Creek Canyon, which includes two popular recreation sites. Starting Oct. 15 and until further notice, the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest is temporarily closing those two sites.
The following recreation sites are temporarily closed to human entry:
•Sunny Flat Campground
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 being closed to provide for the health and safety of the public from potential flooding in the recreation sites. Closing the sites until the flood risk subsides will prevent visitors from being surprised by flooding or flash flooding resulting from rain events further up the canyon.
Alternative recreation sites on the Douglas Ranger District are currently open. Drinking water and electricity are not available at the sites. Accessibility is dependent on weather, conditions may change.
On the west side of the Chiricahuas, Sycamore Campground can be reached on National Forest System Road (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.
Rustler Park Campground can be reached by National Forest System Road (NFSR) 42 from the west side of the mountains. At 8,500 feet in elevation, 22 campsites can accommodate tents or trailers up to 22 feet in length.
For further information please contact the Douglas Ranger District Office at (520) 364-3468 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.