Las Cruces – The redesign and revitalization of the Dry Canyon area located on the western edge of the Sacramento Ranger District is complete. The area Closure Order will be rescinded and the area reopened to public use on Saturday, May 14, 2010.
The purpose of the project was to create a safer location for multiple recreation opportunities, restore natural resources, and remove the litter from the site. The project was funded through the Recovery Act and provided local jobs.
During the past two months, work crews installed bollards for better identification of the trailhead roads and parking locations, reconditioned Forest Road 5574, established more parking areas, and installed a new metal gate.
The Dry Canyon area will have a new rule in place effective the end of June 2010. Glass will be prohibited at the Dry Canyon area. Glass debris is difficult to clean up and is hazardous to wildlife and humans. Examples of glass items that will be prohibited in the area include: bottles, televisions, light bulbs, windows, or windshields.
The Dry Canyon area is used for a variety of purposes such as recreational shooting, picnicking, camping, hang gliding, along with livestock grazing and gathering. It also provides motorcycle, ATV, equestrian, bicycle, and hiking access to Forest Service Trailhead 5574 and Forest Road 9334 for motorized use.