Summer operations coming in June to National Parks in Cochise County

Summer operations coming in June to National Parks in Cochise County
Summer operations coming to three National Parks in Cochise County (Source: National Park Service)

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.

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