Multiple closures on Mount Graham in effect until June

Contributed Photo/U.S. Forest Service. Old Columbine

SAFFORD — While the U.S. Forest Serviced opened three Mount Graham campsites for public use starting this weekend, it also announced a number of areas closed to the public through the end of June.

Closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are:

● Stockton Pass Campground

● Twilight Group Site

● Arcadia Campground

● Clark Peak Corrals Campground

● Cunningham Campground

● Hospital Flat Campground

● Upper Hospital Flat Group Site

● Round the Mountain Campground

● Shannon Campground

● Soldier Creek Campground

● Stockton Pass Campground

● Twilight Group Campground

● Snow Flat Group Site

● Treasure Park Group Site

● Columbine Visitor Center and Group Ramada

The closures remain in effect until June 30 or until rescinded, whichever comes first.

Violations of the closure order are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

Earlier this week, the Forest Service announced that Arcadia, Riggs Flat and Noon Creek campgrounds are re-opened to the public effective Thursday. The permanent restrooms at Noon Creek will be open while Arcadia and Riggs Flat will be serviced by portable toilets.