Tonto Closes Some Campgrounds

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Officials with the Tonto National Forest's Pleasant Valley Ranger District have had to close or limit use in a few of our more popular campgrounds.

Three popular campgrounds on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District -- Airplane Flat, Upper Canyon Creek and Valentine Ridge -- have been closed for removal of hazardous trees along the area's roads.

The campgrounds are located within the area burned by the Rodeo-Chediski wildfire, and District Ranger Owen Martin has decided to close the entire area for safety reasons. The closure is expected to last until the dangers are reduced, probably through the end of July.

Forest Road 33 is closed past the Colcord Ridge Campground. This road leads to the Fish Hatchery, Airplane Flat Campground and Upper Canyon Creek

Campground. Forest Road 188, which leads into the Valentine Ridge Campground, will also be closed at the junction of Forest Road 109 and Forest Road 188.

The Colcord Ridge Campground will remain open. This campground is first come, first served, and will likely experience an increase in use due to the closures of the other three popular campgrounds.

The district will not be issuing special-use permits to large groups for Colcord Ridge Campground until the other closed campgrounds are reopened.

Two other campgrounds in the district's popular Workmen Creek Recreational Area have also been closed to overnight use.

Both Creekside and Cascade campgrounds are now open only for day-use activities such as picnicking. The campgrounds are both located near old uranium mining storage sites.

Forest Road 487, which leads into the Workmen Creek area, will remain gated just past the Falls because of heavy damage from flooding this winter.

For more information, please contact the Pleasant Valley Ranger District at (928) 462-4300.

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