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Free Access to Park Horse Trails Restricted at Orick Rodeo Grounds

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Date: April 20, 2006
Contact: Rick Nolan, 707.465.7304

Free public access to a National Park Service trailhead at the rodeo grounds in the community of Orick has been restricted as a result of new policies by the Orick Chamber of Commerce. New gates have been installed at the entrance to the rodeo grounds. The Orick Chamber of Commerce, which owns and operates the facility, will now charge a fee to enter and park on the grounds. The public needs to contact the Orick Chamber of Commerce at (707) 488-2885 for access through the gates. It is highly recommended that visitors contact the Chamber before making their trip as there is no alternate parking currently available and vehicles with horse trailers will find turning around very difficult if the rodeo grounds are not open when they arrive.

Several years ago, in cooperation with the Orick Chamber, the National Park Service developed the trailhead, and associated facilities for riders, at the rodeo grounds assuming there would be continued free public access. The National Park Service will continue to work with the community of Orick in hopes of finding a solution to this issue that could allow for continued free use of the rodeo grounds as an access point to the park horse trails. In addition, the National Park Service will explore other options to provide the public free access to the horse trails east of the community of Orick.

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