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Trailhead Reopens To Vehicle Access

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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After four-and-a-half months of closure, Mexico State Department of Transportation staff have completed repairs to the north abutment of the West Fork Bridge on Highway 15 and reopened it to vehicles on June 8th. With the bridge reopened to vehicle traffic, visitors are now able to drive to the trailhead to the cliff dwellings, eliminating the two mile walk that had been required since the January 22nd closure due to storm damage.  Effective this Friday, entrance fees, which had been waived since the bridge was closed, will resume at $3 for individuals over 16 years and $10 for families. Both Lower and Upper Scorpion Campgrounds on the Gila National Forest have reopened for car camping, but the closest potable water will continue to be at either the multi-agency Gila Visitor Center or the nearby RV station until Forest Service and National Park Service staff can replace the water line across the bridge. TJ Corral and the West Fork Trailhead are now accessible by vehicles for those wanting to use the trailheads for wilderness travel, but visitors are cautioned not to use trailheads for long-term parking if heavy rains are forecast, as the West Fork Bridge may be closed during periods of heavy rains or high water in the Gila River to prevent visitors from being trapped on the north side of the bridge if the approach should again be damaged.



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