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  • Temporary Closure of Red Cliffs Recreation Area
    by Yanavey Mccloskey
    Published - 06/13/13 - 10:44 AM | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (SAINT GEORGE) The Red Cliffs Recreation Area—a popular fee site managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area—will be temporarily closed to public visitation June 25–27, 2013.

    The three-day closure is required to protect public safety while geotechnical drilling and other tests are completed for upcoming work in the recreation area. During testing, a drill rig and other heavy equipment will be operating along the Red Cliffs Road and in the campground creating a potential safety hazard to visitors. The upcoming work in the recreation area will install vehicle/pedestrian bridges at two low-water crossings on the Red Cliffs Road.

    The three-day closure to public visitation applies to:

    • the Red Cliffs Road from the entrance gate to the campground;

    • the campground and campground loop road; the day use areas within the campground;

    • the Red Reef Trail from the campground to the U.S. Forest Service boundary;

    • the Silver Reef Trail;

    • and the Anasazi Trail.

    The White Reef trailhead, which is accessed from the Red Cliffs Road just west of I-15, and the non-motorized trail system in the White Reef area will remain open for public use.

    For more information about the temporary closure, please contact the Interagency Visitor Center in St. George at 435-688-3200. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the visitor center during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and callers may leave messages or questions that will be replied to during normal business hours.

    The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

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