- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Officials with the Santa Fe National Forest have decided to close Holy Ghost Canyon north of Pecos.

They say the decision is being made to ensure public health and safety since the area is still recovering from a large wildfire that charred thousands of acres last summer. With summer rains approaching, they say the risk of flooding in the canyon increases.

A team of rehabilitation experts assigned to the 2013 Tres Lagunas Fire had recommended the area remain closed during the rainy season for the next few years.

This year’s closure begins Saturday. The canyon will remain off limits until the end of September.

The closure covers the forest road that passes through the canyon, the summer home tract area and the Holy Ghost campground and trailhead.

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