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County teams up with Fish & Wildlife, and Museum to OPEN McPherson Pass

Post Date:09/21/2018 3:00 PM


Outdoor enthusiasts in Yuma County will be happy to know that the road leading to McPherson Pass is now open.  Yuma County has partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Office and the owners of Castle Dome Museum to temporarily reopen the road that has been closed for nearly a year. 

Castle Dome Museum owner Allen Armstrong closed the road leading to the KOFA Range in November 2017 that crossed his private property.  At that time, Armstrong was dealing with users that did not obey speed limits and excessive dust as a result. In September 2017 the Yuma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of a bypass road around the museum to McPherson Pass.

After months of working with all parties, an agreement was made on a bypass road. While the planning and construction of the road take place, Allen has agreed to allow outdoor enthusiasts access to the KOFA Range by way of the road on his private property. Yuma County Public Works Department created signage so users understand the rules to keep this path open: 1) the Speed Limit is 15 miles per hour, and, 2) users will close the gates behind them when entering and exiting the area.

The road is CURRENTLY open and will remain this way until April 30, 2019. During this time the US Fish and Wildlife Office will be working on the design and construction of a new bypass road to accommodate visitors in the Fall 2019.
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