PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Tahquitz and Indian Canyons, owned and maintained by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, are closed to visitors until further notice due to heavy flood damage in the area.
Agua Caliente rangers and emergency management workers are assessing the extent of the damage caused by flash flooding over the past two days. Fast moving water from the heavy rains this week carried down trees, boulders, and mud damaging trails, roads and access to portions of the Indian Canyons.
"The Indian Canyons are nearly unrecognizable in the condition they are in today," chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said. "We are working diligently to assess the damage and determine the next steps to remove debris, repair damage and return the Canyons back to as close to their natural beauty as possible. The Canyons are just as important to us today as they had been to our ancestors thousands of years ago."
The Canyons, an approximate 56-square mile area that includes more than 60 miles of trails, attract more than 125,000 visitors a year to enjoy the scenic trails, plants, wildlife and cultural sites.
The Canyons were also closed temporarily earlier this year when more than 6,000 acres burned on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation during the Mountain Fire in July.
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