ADOT: Don’t park illegally along Highway 89 when visiting the Hotshots Memorial State Park
Updated as of Tuesday, May 4, 2021 2:03 PM
For those planning on visiting the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park near Yarnell this year, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reminds visitors in a news release not to park illegally along Highway 89, putting themselves and others at risk.
The shoulders of state highways are reserved for emergencies only. Parking along them causes distractions to drivers along the highway and can prevent emergency vehicles from gaining access to those who need help, ADOT stated in the news release.
The state park remains a popular place for visitors from all around to pay respects and learn about the 19 brave firefighters who gave their lives battling against the Yarnell Hill Fire.
Parking along the highway is not the best nor safest way to pay those respects, ADOT stated.
With more than 25,000 annual visitors to the state park, the parking lot can fill up fast. The Yarnell Fire Department, however, is helping by providing a shuttle service to the park on the weekends when the memorial park sees the most visitors.
The shuttle service runs Fridays through Sundays every half hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceed past the park into Yarnell and park at the Yarnell Fire Department. The last drop-off at the park trailhead is 1 p.m., and the last pickup at the park trailhead is 5 p.m.
To learn more about Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park and the shuttle service, visit azstateparks.com/hotshots.
Information provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Correction and additional information
The original caption in the photo at the top of this story was incorrectly identified as part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. The image is actually the centerpiece of the Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park, a small, donation and volunteer driven effort, owned by the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group, dba Yarnell Area Resource Group, a 501(c)(3) organization.
The State Park is a spectacular tribute to the Hotshots and features a beautiful, rugged trail. This is the Park which has the shuttle service, and where the illegal parking is very risky.
The smaller Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park honors not only the Hotshots, but also recognizes the broader experience of the Fire. Many visitors don’t know that 127 homes were burned in the fire. Nor do they know about the evacuation experience, or the extraordinary generosity shown to our community to help in the recovery efforts. Signs, currently in production convey more of these facets of the Yarnell Hill Fire, and will be installed prior to the June 30 formal dedication of the Park.
The Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park provides convenient clean restrooms.
For individuals who cannot make the strenuous hike, it offers a more accessible way to honor the Hotshots and to learn about the experience of the residents of Yarnell and Peeples Valley during the fire. The two parks complement each other, and many visitor stop at both Parks. All are welcome.
Information provided by Frances Lechner, president, Yarnell Area Resource Group.
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