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Oak Creek Scenic Vista, AZ -- Forest Service Considers Re-opening Area Closed to Climbing


 

by Editor

March 13, 2003

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The Forest Service is considering a proposal drafted by members of the Northern Arizona Climbers Coalition and the Access Fund to re-open a portion of the overlook that has been closed to climbing since 1993. The proposal outlines mitigation actions that would address the safety and resource protection concerns, which precipitated the closure.

The Oak Creek Overlook features quality basalt crack climbs. Concerns over visitor safety first surfaced in the early 1990's when curious onlookers wandered dangerously close to the cliff edge to view climbers. Thus, based on a recommendation from the county sheriff, the area beneath the scenic vista was closed to climbing. In the last decade, paved trails, signs, railings, and a visitor's center were installed at the Vista.

The Forest Service will accept comments on the proposal in an environmental analysis currently being prepared for the area. Comments should be submitted by March 14, 2003. Send comments to the Red Rock Ranger District, attention Jennifer Burns, PO Box 300, Sedona, AZ 86336 or jmburns@fs.fed.us to obtain a copy of the proposal, call the District at 928-282-4119. A public open house will be held at Flagstaff City Hall on March 5th from 6-8PM.

News provided by the Access Fund.



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