PHOENIX, AZ — The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department puts out a parking access restriction to trailheads located in the city's desert parks and mountains in anticipation of July 4th.
Those areas include Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and South Mountain Park/Preserve.
All trails will still open, and the trailheads will reopen on July 5 at the regular schedule. In addition, upper lookouts in South Mountain Park/Preserve will be cleared and closed at 1 p.m.
Dogs and pets are also prohibited on any City of Phoenix trails when the temperature is more than 100 degrees. According to the Arizona Humane Society, the safe temperature for pets is below 90 degrees. For information about pets safety, visit https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/.
Here are the safety guidelines for hikers and visitors provided by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire Department:
- Watch the weather. While it is dry heat weather in Arizona, the temperature can be deadly. Only do hikes when it's cool outside and more shade, like early mornings and evenings.
- Dress appropriately. Proper shoes, clothing, hat, and sunscreen are highly recommended.
- Bring water. Drink before a hike and bring plenty of water more than you think you need.
- Keep in contact. A mobile phone will be handy while hiking.
- Team up. Team-hiking is more recommended. Solo hikers should tell someone the start and end times with location.
- Be honest. Be honest about your medical condition and never push yourself on a hike.
- Don't trailblaze. Visitors are asked to stay on designated trails.
- Take responsibility. Good preparation with self-awareness of health conditions will make a great hike.
Visit https://www.phoenix.gov/parks for more information about Phoenix's 41,000 acres-wide desert parks and mountain preserves and more than 200 miles trails.
This is original content from NewsBreak’s Creator Program. Join today to publish and share your own content.