District offices of the Coronado National Forest and the Forest Supervisor’s Office will be closed for the July 4 holiday on Thursday. The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center will remain open. Business at the offices will resume July 5 during normal operating hours.
Forest officials expect large numbers of visitors to the most popular campgrounds and picnic areas over the holiday and adjoining weekends. Although some rain has fallen in isolated parts of the Forest, most areas are dry. While fire restrictions are not in effect, visitors are reminded to be extremely careful with fire, as recent ignitions have occurred and fires have grown quickly due to the amount of cured fuel present and hot, dry conditions.
Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands. Any type of fireworks can easily spread the sparks to ignite wildfires.
The following are tips for safe and enjoyable outings.
With summer monsoons come thunderstorms, which can be isolated in nature and may materialize quickly. Recreationists are advised to check weather forecasts and seek shelter in buildings or vehicles during storms (avoid sheltering under trees). During and after storms, visitors should avoid low-lying areas, washes and stream channels, which can become flooded without warning.
Campers are encouraged to be good neighbors and recognize “quiet time” at 10:00 p.m.; to avoid low spots and pitch tents in areas that are well-drained; to bring drinking water, as not all areas supply potable water; to remove trash, and not leave litter behind.
The Coronado is home to many wildlife species. Visitors should be “bear aware” and maintain clean campsites. Store food away from sleeping areas, and “bear-proof” food and garbage by using metal storage boxes in recreation sites. In dispersed areas stow food and garbage out of sight and smell-range of bears. Cookware and dishes should be washed and stored promptly after meals. Clothing with food or cooking odors, as well as odorous items such as toothpaste and lotions should not be taken into sleeping areas. Wildlife should not be fed intentionally or accidentally. For their safety, pets should be leashed at all times. Avoid contact with animals. “Keep wildlife wild.”
International Boundary Travel Caution
Forest visitors traveling in remote areas of the Coronado National Forest in the vicinity of the International Border with Mexico are advised to remain alert to their surroundings as illegal smuggling activity is known to occur in some areas. Visitors are advised not to attempt to intercede should they witness illegal activity, but to contact the nearest law enforcement agency with a location, descriptions of persons, vehicles, date/time and other pertinent information.
Dispersed Use/Off-Highway Vehicles
Picnicking and camping outside of developed recreation areas on the Forest is allowed unless otherwise posted. Visitors must provide their own water and pack garbage out. Off-road/off-trail motorized travel is prohibited.
For Ranger District And Recreation Area Information
Affected recreation sites may be closed due to current or recent wildfires. Know before you go.
- Douglas Ranger District (Chiricahua Mountains, Dragoon Mountains) - (520) 364-3468.
- Nogales Ranger District (Santa Rita Mountains, Madera Canyon; Atascosa Mountains; Tumacacori Mountains) - (520) 281-2296.
- Safford Ranger District (Mt. Graham) - (928) 428-4150.
- Sierra Vista Ranger District (Huachuca Mountains, Miller Peak Wilderness) - (520) 378-0311.
- Santa Catalina Ranger District (Mt. Lemmon, Sabino Canyon) - (520) 749-8700.