CA State Parks Proposes Off-Trail Use Restrictions

Notice of Public Hearing:

"DPR has scheduled a public hearing on this proposed action, The hearing will be held at the San Diego County Operations Center, Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 93123 on June 22, 2016 starting at 6pm
and ending when either testimony has completed or no later than 8pm."

Please see the attachment for full text from the CA Dept of Parks and Recreation.

Prior to attending, please take a few moments to fully read the proposed regulation and the Initial Statement of Reasons to understand what it means not just for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, but for all of CA State Parks.

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Please take a look at these documents regarding a proposed law that will affect the way park visitors enjoy Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and other CA State Parks, Preserves, and Reserves.

In a nutshell, this proposal would make it illegal to leave roads and trails in natural and cultural reserves. That means, for instance, that people could no longer climb around on rocks or walk up a wash, canyon, or ridge in any of our 8 cultural reserves. Think of hiking in Cougar or Sheep Canyon, primitive camping in Blair Valley, or rock climbing in Culp Valley. We and our park visitors would not be allowed to experience this park the way we have been invited to do since the park’s establishment. It is also a law that would be virtually impossible for park peace officer rangers to enforce in a park so open and large.  

If you feel strongly about this new law going into effect, you can write a comment as a private citizen, as a park volunteer, or ABF member (instructions on the attachment) by June 6, 2016. A public hearing has been requested by a couple of user groups - so there is a hearing planned for San Diego on June 22, 2016 from 6-8pm – location yet to be determined. We will send that announcement around when we get more information.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Proposed Amendment Language

Initial Statement of Reasons

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park General Plan (includes plans for the preserves)