Sitting Bull Falls Day-Use Area Closure

Closure Order Prohibits Access To Sitting Bull Falls Day-Use Area
Alamogordo, NM (April 27, 2011) – The Sitting Bull Falls day-use picnic area located on Eddy County Road 409 (commonly known as Sitting Bull Falls Road) on the Guadalupe District outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico, has been closed until further notice. Lincoln National Forest Supervisor Robert Trujillo signed a Closure Order effective April 25, 2011, that prohibits access to the day-use area.
The Last Chance Fire, reported on April 24, 2011, actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in the Guadalupe Mountains also burned areas of Sitting Bull Falls including picnic pavilion overhang covers, electrical poles, associated trail systems, and climbing area at end of Forest Service Road 525A.
The Closure Order is a precautionary measure for public safety first and foremost and also allows forest specialists to assess the damage and begin rehabilitative work in the area.
The Guadalupe Ranger District will provide a news release when work repairs are finished and the public can access the day-use picnic area safely and can once again enjoy this special oasis in the desert.
For more information, please contact the Guadalupe Ranger District Office at (575) 885-4181, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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