Nighttime Closure of Enderts Beach Road
Contact: Candace Tinkler, 707-465-7304
To improve visitor safety and to protect park resources, a section of Enderts Beach Road in Redwood National and State Parks will be closed to all entry and parking from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise beginning June 1st, 2011.
The closed area will include Enderts Beach Road from the intersection with the road to Crescent Beach Picnic area to the road's end at Nickel Creek Parking area and Crescent Beach Overlook. Signs will be posted to indicate the boundary of the closed area. From one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise, only persons with a valid camping permit will be permitted to enter, remain within, or park in this area. Camping permits may be obtained at the Redwood National and State Parks Visitor Center at 1111 Second Street in Crescent City.
During the summer of 2010, at least twenty park visitor's automobiles were burglarized during nighttime hours while parked in the Nickel Creek Campground/Coastal Trail parking lot near the Crescent Beach overlook. These burglaries resulted in damaged vehicles, stolen property, and ruined vacations. National and State Park rangers work very hard to ensure the safety of people and property in the parks; however, it is not possible to provide 24-hour coverage of every area. While this is not the only location where such problems have occurred, due to the extremely high number of such incidents in this area, it is felt that this nighttime closure is necessary to provide a reasonable level of security and safety for local families, as well as those from far away, as they explore the outstanding beauty of this special place.
The National Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation request your assistance in ensuring that everyone can visit their national and state parks safely, leave with only happy memories, and return again and again. Anyone with knowledge of illegal activities occurring in Redwood National and State Parks is urged to contact NPS Chief Ranger, Marshall Neeck, at (707) 465-7302 or CDPR Chief Ranger, John Vallett, at (707) 465-7789. If you actually witness suspicious or illegal behavior, remove yourself immediately to a place of safety and call 911. Working together, we can all ensure that a visit to Redwood National and State Parks continues to be the trip of a lifetime for nearly one million visitors each year.
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Did You Know?
Elk once ranged over most of the United States from Maine to New Mexico. By 1860, the eastern elk had been eliminated by hunters. By 1912, about 124 Roosevelt elk remained in northern California. Prairie Creek Redwood State Park became an elk refuge in 1923 where elk are common today.