COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Acting Superintendent Matt Stoffolano announced earlier this week that summer park operational changes will take effect soon for Cochise County.
“We want visitors to have a safe and enjoyable visit. Summer heat can be very dangerous. Hikers should begin hiking very early in the morning and finish by 2 p.m. if the expected high temperature will be between 80-95 degrees and finish by 10 a.m. if the temperature will be over 95 degrees,” said Stoffolano.
Here are the summer plans for the three National Parks in Cochise County:
Chiricahua National Monument: The park is open daily and the visitor center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The hiker shuttle will be suspended on June 1 and will resume in the fall. Some sites at Bonita Canyon Campground will be closed from July 8 through September 30 due to potential for flash floods during monsoon season. Go to recreation.gov for camping information or to reserve a site. For more information about visiting Chiricahua, go to www.nps.gov/chir or call the visitor center at 520-824-3560, ext. 9302.
Coronado National Memorial: The park is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset and the visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hiker shuttle will be suspended on June 1 and will resume in the fall. For information about visiting Coronado, go to www.nps.gov/coro or call the visitor center at 520-366-5515, ext. 0.
Fort Bowie National Historic Site: The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the visitor center, which beginning June 1 will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, the remainder of the week it will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Fort Bowie, go to www.nps.gov/fobo or call the visitor center at 520-847-2500, ext. 25.