Restrictions placed on Fossil Creek due to trash

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VERDE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Officials have placed restrictions on a popular summer getaway to help preserve the local environment.

Fossil Creek in the Verde Valley sees thousands of visitors every summer, but unfortunately that’s resulted in a lot of trash being left in the area.

Items like empty beer boxes, plastic bottles, and even toilet paper have been littering the area.

But garbage isn’t the only concern for those monitoring Fossil Creek. Many visitors aren’t putting out their camp fires.

“People were not putting out their fires. As you can see all the dry grass, we feel we were lucky we did not have a forest fire,” said Dex Allen with the Coconino National Forest.

Last year saw 90,000 people visit Fossil Creek during the peak summer months.

That number is going to be dropping this year, as officials are allowing no more than 80 vehicles at one time at the creek.

For more information about Fossil Creek and the Coconino National Forest visit www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.