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JULY FLASH FLOODS CLOSE NEEDLES JEEP ROAD

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Flash flooding earlier this month in the Needles District resulted in temporary closure of a popular back-country jeep road because of damages.

Heavy rains and flooding July 8 severely damaged the jeep road south of the Joint Trailhead to the park boundary, said Superintendent Harvey Wickware. "We are advising against all travel on this portion of the road until our maintenance crew can repair the damage," Wickware said in a news release.Two camp areas in the back country - the Bobby Jo and Horsehoof Arch sites - will also be closed during repair, which was scheduled to begin this week. The work is expected to take one week.

Normally the jeep road is accessible by traveling over Elephant Hill, then south. North access is from Beef Basin outside the park. Visitors should plan trips into the Needles area between the park boundary and Chesler Canyon only if they have four-wheel-drive and a winch, according to the park.

Progress reports and information on alternate travel routes can be obtained by calling park headquarters in Moab at 259-7164.