April 24, 2012
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Chamber hopes to enlist volunteers to reopen recreation areas
Fossil Creek Road could open this summer after all, if the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Ranger District can cut a deal. The Tonto National Forest a month ago abruptly announced it would not open the only road down into Fossil Creek from Rim Country this summer due to the dangerous condition of the road and the uncontrolled swarms of visitors. Rim Country officials feared the closure would deal a fresh blow to the region’s vital, struggling tourist economy, since last year some 90,000 people visited the lush, spring-fed paradise — many of them passing through Payson, Pine and Strawberry.