Parts of Petroglyphs still closed after last year's monsoon

Updated: 06/20/2014 5:24 PM | Created: 06/20/2014 5:23 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The heavy rains last monsoon season took their toll on the trails and it’s been a process getting them ready again.

"We've had to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act," said Diane Souder with the Petroglyphs National Monument.

She says that it took days for volunteers to survey every step of the canyon looking for archeological remnants along with finding which areas would be safe to make new trails on.  

There have been a spider web of trails that people have made over time known as "social trails". Now, the trails will be defined making it safer for you while also protecting the Petroglyphs.

It could take weeks for state officials to approve those trails. Once that happens, the boots will be on the ground and the process will start to restore the trails and define where people can go, meaning no more wandering freely about the canyon like hikers did in years past.

We're going to  have posts every so many feet with a cable in between and we'll keep people on one side of the cable," Souder said when mentioning the new trails.

Once they get the go-ahead, the trails should be ready no later than October, but Souder is hopeful that the trails will be open by September 1st.

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