Forest Service Prepares for Reopening of Select Recreation Sites in Arizona by May 15

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Albuquerque, NM, May 14, 2020 – USDA Forest Service will begin opening select recreation sites in Arizona by May 15, 2020. Forest Service officials are working hard to reopen additional developed recreation sites as soon as possible and as conditions allow. Some of the factors considered when deciding to open a site include state and local health and safety guidelines, seasonal availability and facility conditions. Several recreation areas and campgrounds may not be immediately open and available for use.

Recreation site closures may remain where mitigation measures that support federal, state, and local public health guidelines cannot be implemented. Shortage of personal protective equipment for employees, shortage of sanitizing products, and small spaces that force congregations of large groups in violation of Center for Disease Control guidelines are some of the factors that may result in sites not opening immediately.

“We are looking forward to opening developed recreation sites for public use and enjoyment,” stated Acting Regional Forester Elaine Kohrman. “We know that outdoor recreation at national forests in Arizona is vital to our communities during the spring and summer.”

We encourage visitors to contact their local district ranger office or check Forest Service websites for information on specific recreation sites prior to traveling or making plans. Closure information can be found at

Visit the Interactive Visitor Map at for more information on available activities. For additional information on COVID-19, go to  Information on public lands use in Arizona is available at  For future updates follow us on Twitter @ForestServiceSW.