7171 MOUNTAIN CREEK PARKWAY, DALLAS, TX 75249
Manager - Tom Willard • Assistant Manager, Wood Cantrell
GET THE MOST RECENT PRESERVE CLOSURE REPORTS HERE!
HOURS – Tuesdays through Sundays, 6:30 a.m. to Dusk. WE ARE CLOSED MONDAYS - Do not come to the Preserve in order to give it a day of rest.
Closing Time is about 30 minutes after sunset. If you are in the parking lot within a few minutes of darkness, you won’t be locked in.
The Security Officer is instructed to lock the gate one hour after sunset.
WHY DO WE CLOSE TRAILS AFTER IT RAINS?
We love the rain! What a great feeling to enjoy the cool air just after a rain. However, most trails do not hold up to foot traffic when wet and hiking on a wet trail can cause long-term damage.
What happens to a trail when hiked on after a rain event?
— Soil is compacted which means water can’t soak in — Water that doesn’t soak in creates erosion and lost soil — Walking through mud creates ruts, a conduit for erosion — Walking around muddy areas widens trails — Widening trails kills vegetation that holds things together
— Damage means increased costs for trail repair
How long a trail stays closed depends on the surface material of the trail. The damage impacts our resources in terms of trail sustainability, staff time, volunteer recruitment, and hard on the budget to make the repairs. Additionally, muddy trails mean slippery trails. If it has rained recently, please call ahead and see if the trail is open. In the meantime, enjoy one of the many paved hike/bike trails available throughout the Metroplex. Thanks and stay safe!
• We appreciate a donation of $3.00 or more each time you visit. The donation box is on the main trail after you enter, in front of the Education Building.
HEAT ADVISORY INFO: We have measures in place to warn visitors of the danger of the heat. Our policy for heat event response is if a heat index of 110 is forecast, NOAA would release an Excessive Heat Warning, and we will close the preserve.
• We have our own weather station, accessible at https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-st…/dashboard… Phone app shows the rain for the last two days and amount for the current day within CRP. The web site (not the app) has records for every day since the station was put online July 21, 2016. The app also shows times for sunset and last light when the Preserve closes.
CRP Committee Meetings – Second Fridays, 6:30 p.m.
Conservation in Action Workdays – Third Saturdays, September through May, 9-Noon; June through August, 8-11 a.m. Habitat Restoration and Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve is on the Third Saturday of every month throughout the year, rain or shine. Volunteers remove non-native plants, restore trails, and work in the butterfly garden. Repairing trails reduces erosion trouble spots and removing non-native plants clears crowded trail edges. We provide snacks, water, pruning shears, shovels, and work gloves. All you need to bring is sun screen and bug repellent. Questions? Contact info_CRP@yahoo.com
For questions about educational programming, scheduling a visit by a school group, or planning a Scout project, call 972-709-7784.