The Forest Service opened most of the roads and trails, along with some of the campgrounds in the Chiricahua Mountains, to public access on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The huge Horseshoe II Fire burned through most of the range this summer prompting a closure. Since this is another of my favorite areas to camp and hike, I had to get down there and take a look. The extent of the fire was mind-boggling.
Barfoot Park and lookout are close to Rustler Park, which burned severely (I'll be posting some photos of that too). So, while the popular campground at Rustler will remain closed until it can be rebuilt, the good news is that the camping area at Barfoot came through in pretty good shape. The L4 wooden building that burned, along with another storage building are expected to be rebuilt. The other L4 structure that was lost to fire this summer in the Coronado was the Atascosa Lookout, not far from Nogales. Pictures of this were just posted on HAZ. Since that was an inactive lookout, the Forest Service likely wouldn't rebuild it, but there are volunteers that are talking about doing so, since it is such a scenic area and popular hiking destination.
Driving around various areas on the west side of the range, I noticed the same things as in the Huachuca burn, namely lots of flood damage to roads and along streams.