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Oct 17, 2013 11:32 PM by Stefanie Boe

National Parks across Southern Arizona back open

COCHISE COUNTY - Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, and Fort Bowie National Historic Site reopened to visitors Thursday, following the 16 day partial government shutdown.

Here's more information from a National Park news release:

"We are very happy to be open and to able to welcome visitors to these national treasures," said Superintendent H. Lane Baker on Thursday. "With cooler temperatures and clear skies, autumn is an especially wonderful time to enjoy all that our National Park Service sites in Cochise County have to offer."

At Chiricahua National Monument (NM), all facilities are open now including the scenic 8-mile Bonita Canyon Drive, 25-site Bonita Canyon Campground, visitor center, Faraway Ranch Historic District, picnic areas, and hiking trails. For more information about visiting the monument, click here.

At Coronado National Memorial, all facilities are now open including the visitor center, picnic area, scenic Montezuma Pass parking lot, and hiking trails. For more information about visiting the memorial, click here.

At Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NHS), most facilities are open now, including the ruins areas, hiking trails, access roads, picnic tables, and restrooms. The visitor center will fully reopen within a few days. For more information about visiting the fort, click here.

Photo Courtesy: National Park Service

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