Phoenix parks board OKs popular trails’ closure during excessive heat

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted in a particular meeting Tuesday to briefly limit entry to a number of popular trails during excessive heat warnings. 

In a 6-2 vote, the board carried out a pilot program that will shut trailheads from 11 a.m. to five p.m. from July 16 to Sept. 30 when temperatures attain 105 levels. Echo Canyon and Cholla trails at Camelback Mountain, in addition to all trailheads related to Piestewa Peak Trailhead within the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, could be affected by the closures. 

When path entry is restricted, parking zone gates might be closed, signage might be posted and updates might be added to the division’s web site and social media accounts, based on an announcement from the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Park rangers additionally might be current to remind path customers of the restrictions. 

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