The Last Chance Fire continues to burn in the steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain of the Guadalupe Mountains. Thanks to a comment from an anonymous reader I have just discovered the Fire has also burned areas of Sitting Bull Falls including picnic pavilion overhang covers, electrical poles, associated trail systems, and climbing area at end of Forest Service Road 525A.
|Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area before the Last Chance Fire|
As I posted earlier this week the recreation area is closed for the public’s safety and to allow time for forest specialists to assess the damage and begin rehabilitative work in the area. The Guadalupe Ranger District will release news once the are has been repaired and is safe for public access.
The following closures remain in effect:
- Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area (closed until further notice due to fire damage)
- HWY 137 at 408
- Dark Canyon Road at Hidalgo Road
Sitting Bull Falls is a unique oasis in the desert. I was there just a few weeks ago enjoying the beautiful scenery and cool desert stream. The picnic area has a few historic CCC buildings and picnic pavilions. I am unsure at this time weather or not any historic buildings have been destroyed.
|Historic CCC Picnic Pavilion at Sitting Bull Falls before the Last Chance Fire|
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