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Prescott National Forest officials urge safe, responsible Memorial Day
Recreate responsibly, comply with fire and target shooting restrictions

Prescott National Forest officials not only urge visitors to the forest to stay safe this weekend, but also to be responsible by packing out your trash. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy)

Prescott National Forest officials not only urge visitors to the forest to stay safe this weekend, but also to be responsible by packing out your trash. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy)

While the Prescott National Forest is open and available for public use, developed campgrounds and recreation facilities will remain closed for the Memorial Day weekend, according to a news release. Campfire and recreational shooting restrictions are in effect.

The Prescott NF is making every effort to expand access to more recreational opportunities within the context of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and state and local government orders for communities.

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Visitors can be seen parking along roadways, which slows traffic and could block ingress/egress of emergency vehicles, officials from the Prescott National Forest warn. Also please know that camping in restricted areas that are signed is illegal. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy)

Until then, trails and lakes are open; and dispersed camping is allowed in compliance with social distancing and limited group size. Please adhere to the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics and refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Maps so you know which roads and trails are open to motor vehicle traffic. Do not block roadways to firefighter and other emergency access.

For the Memorial Day weekend and until conditions support a phased reopening of recreation facilities, please remember that:

• All developed campgrounds on the Prescott NF are closed to overnight camping.

• All toilet facilities on the forest are locked. Learn how to dispose of human waste appropriately.

• Some picnic/day use sites are closed to the public.

• Trash collection is suspended. Take your garbage home.

• Bring your own water and hand sanitizer.

“We also ask the public to adhere to the campfire ban (April 22, 2020) and the recreational shooting restriction (May 6, 2020). Under the campfire ban; it is illegal to ignite, build, maintain, attend or use a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves. Persons using pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves are exempt from this prohibition. Under the shooting restrictions, it is illegal to discharge a firearm, air rifle or gas gun,” the news release states.

Complete closure orders and more information are available at www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.

All Prescott NF offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Forest offices will resume virtual business hours on Tuesday, May 26.

Visitors can also obtain information by visiting the Prescott National Forest on Facebook or Twitter.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest.

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