A message from our friends at the Forest Service:
The unpaved portion of State Highway 366, also known as the Swift Trail which accesses the upper reaches of Mt. Graham, will open Tuesday, April 15.
The Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest will open all seasonally-closed camping areas on April 15. Twilight, Upper Arcadia, Arcadia, Round the Mountain, Noon Creek and Stockton Pass are usually open year round, weather permitting.
Drinking water will be available at Treasure Park and Columbine Corrals Memorial Day Weekend.
No campfire or smoking restrictions are in place at this time. All forest visitors are urged to be extremely careful with fire, including cigarettes and other smoking materials.
While camping or picnicking, visitors are reminded to be “Bear Aware”. As the weather warms, all animals on Mt. Graham become more active, including black bears. Some safety recommendations include:
- Keep camping and picnic areas clean at all times
- Clean cooking utensils after meals
- Stow food and garbage out of sight and smell range of wildlife
- Wash hands and face, and change clothes before lights out
More information can be obtained by calling the Safford Ranger District at (928) 428-4150, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information on recreational opportunities on the Coronado National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado/.