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Release Date: 07/22/13
Contacts: Yanavey McCloskey, 435-865-3032    

Red Cliffs Recreation Area Closed Due to Flood Damage

St. George, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah St. George Field Office is temporarily closing the Red Cliffs Recreation Area campground and day-use area until flood damages are repaired. 

Late in the afternoon on July 20, 2013, a thunderstorm caused flash flooding on Quail and Leeds Creeks, which flow through the Red Cliffs Recreation Area. The flooding resulted in extensive damage to the access road and other facilities as flood waters carried large boulders, tree trunks, and sediment into the area undercutting two low water crossings on the access road, depositing mud and debris in the day-use area, and severely damaging the footbridge across Quail Creek. 

BLM crews are evaluating the damage and will begin necessary repairs in the near future. The campground, day-use areas, and pedestrian access to the eastern section of the Prospector Trail will remain closed while repairs are completed. The public will be notified as soon as the area is re-opened for use. 

For more information, please contact the BLM-Utah Public Lands Information Center in St. George at (435) 688-3200. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message for the Public Lands Information Center. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 07-29-2013