Taquitz Canyon reopens to public

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Tahquitz Canyon near Palm Springs reopened today after being closed for more than a week by flood damage, while the Indian Canyons remained closed, authorities said.

The canyons -- owned and maintained by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians -- were damaged by downpours last week and closed on Sept. 5. Trees, boulders and mud covered trails and roads, Agua Caliente spokeswoman Kate Anderson said.

The Indian Canyons are closed until further notice due to ``extensive damage'' in the area, Anderson said. She said Agua Caliente rangers and emergency management workers continue to assess the aftermath of the flooding.

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.

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