A Non-Official Friday Hike In The Coronado National Forest   7 comments

Closed Entrance To Sabino Canyon.

Closed Entrance To Sabino Canyon.

Today is day four in the Government Shutdown. Sabino Canyon Recreational Area, which is in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona is closed. The Coronado National Forest covers about 1.78 million acres in the mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.The US Forest Service provides a lot of services in the National Forest, which are now suspended until funding is again available.

Today's Non-Official Friday Hiking Group.

Today’s Non-Official Friday Hiking Group.

Sabino Canyon Recreational Area is a very busy place, year-round. Many of the services, events and programs, i.e., school programs, nature walks, hikes and demonstrations are provided by volunteers — Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (Click here to learn more.) All these activities are not happening until the Government Shutdown is over.

One of the regular programs is Friday hikes. For a few of us, today’s hike went on as scheduled, unofficially, from the old Prison Camp on the Sycamore Canyon/Reservoir trail (3.5 miles one-way with a 821 feet gain). By doing so, we made sure those following the published hiking schedule would still have an opportunity to hike after showing up.

It was an enjoyable day hiking in the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains — check out the beautiful blue sky.

kenne

Sycamore Reservoir Area With Thimble Pike In The Background.

Sycamore Reservoir Area With Thimble Pike In The Background.

7 responses to “A Non-Official Friday Hike In The Coronado National Forest

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  1. Fabulous photos,, I know there are strikes but why does that effect the National Park.

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    • With the government shutdown, there is no funding for the National Parks. The National Parks are one of America’s greatest assets, and many are now not accessible. At least we are able to continue hiking in the Coronado National Forest. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. So happy to hear that you kept your hiking group going on schedule in spite of the government shut=down.

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