Thursday, May 25, 2006
Visitors to Walnut Canyon National Monument this summer will encounter closures along the popular Island Trail, according to Acting Superintendent Scott Travis. Portions of the trail will be closed from June 5 until approximately August 1, while trail repairs are completed.
The 0.9-mile Island Trail descends from the visitor center into Walnut Canyon and passes twenty-five cliff dwelling rooms. Many of the 240 concrete steps along the trail have deteriorated over the years and are now in need of replacement. In addition, numerous large trees, killed by drought and bark beetles, must be removed before they endanger visitors by falling onto the trail. Work will be performed by the National Park Service, assisted by crews from the Coconino Rural Environmental Corps and American Conservation Experience.
âWe will keep delays and closures to a minimum,â said Travis, âbut employee and visitor safety and resource protection will be top priorities during this important project. All other facilities will be open, and we encourage visitors to enjoy the 0.7-mile Rim Trail, the visitor center, and the picnic area.â
For current information, call 928-526-3367.