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Scenic Drive And Campground Closed Due To Flooding

Chiricahua National Monument

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The upper portion of Bonita Canyon Drive and the Bonita Canyon Campground in Chiricahua National Monument have been closed due to flooding from weekend storms. Nearly three inches of rain fell in parts of the monument on Friday, August 17th, with additional storms dropping another seven tenths of an inch of rain on Sunday, August 19th.  The monument was evacuated and closed around 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening. The entire Bonita Canyon Drive was closed overnight and the lower portion was reopened on Saturday morning after crews were able to assess the damages and clean up debris. Significant mud and debris flow and damage to the road shoulders has left the upper portion of the Bonita Canyon Drive (past the visitor center) unsafe for travelers. The Bonita Canyon Campground also sustained moderate damage from the flooding. Cleanup and repairs to the roadway and campground are estimated to be completed by Labor Day weekend. The park remains open to visitors. The lower portion of Bonita Canyon Drive is open and features access to historic Faraway Ranch, a picnic area, a visitor center and bookstore, and several trailheads. Trails in the monument are passable but users may encounter debris piles and loose soils.


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