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Coronavirus Concerns Prompt New Closures Of Popular South Coast Trails During Weekends

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Rancho Sierra Vista, in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The flood of people looking for places to hike on the South Coast has prompted additional trail closures in the region because of coronavirus social distancing concerns. The National Park Service is closing some of the busiest spots in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on weekends, to try to prevent what have been ongoing social distancing issues.

Trails, trailheads, restrooms, pullouts, and overlooks in the Ventura County portion of the National Recreation Area will now be closed from 2 p.m. Fridays, until 6 a.m. Mondays. The closures include Rancho Sierra Vista and the Wendy Trailhead.

All trails within Circle X are part of the new closures, as are the Cheeseboro Canyon Trailhead, and the Deer Creek area.

All hiking, biking, and equestrian trails in the Ventura County portion of the recreation area will remain open from 6 a.m. Mondays through 2 p.m. Fridays. Weekday visitors are required to meet social distancing rules.