Tahquitz and Indian Canyon hiking trails to be closed this weekend


Tahquitz and Indian canyons near Palm Springs were closed until further notice because of thunderstorm-triggered debris flows.

The canyons, owned and maintained by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, were damaged by downpours  over the past few days. Trees, boulders and mud covered trails and roads, Agua Caliente spokeswoman Kate Anderson said.

``The Indian Canyons are nearly unrecognizable in the condition they are in today,'' Agua Caliente Chairman Jeff Grubbe said. ``We are working diligently to assess the damage and determine the next steps to remove debris, repair damage and return the canyons back to as close to their natural beauty as possible.''

The canyons cover more than 50 square miles and have more than 60 miles of trails. They were closed temporarily in July when the Mountain Fire blackened more than 6,000 acres on the Agua Caliente reservation.

Roads in the Coachella Valley have been closed off and on because of flooding. Golf Club and Araby drives remained closed today at the Palm Canyon Wash in Palm Springs.

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