DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are trying to alleviate parking problems at the trailhead to Devil’s Bathtub in the Black Hills.
Private landowners near the popular hiking destination in Spearfish Canyon are having problems getting in and out of their properties because of vehicles parking in the road, the Black Hills Pioneer reported.
“For the last three summers now, this issue has surfaced, and every year it gets worse with the number of people who come to visit Devil’s Bathtub,” said Deputy State’s Attorney Bruce Outka.
The Lawrence County Commission said a cooperative solution would need to be created between the Forest Service, the state and the county.
Commissioners recently agreed to let the state Game, Fish, and Parks Department place parking signs in the country right of way. It wasn’t decided what the signs should say or where traffic should be directed.
Lawrence County Sheriff Brian Dean said that while there are several no parking signs in the area, there isn’t an alternative parking area.
“This is really a complex issue, where we have people and government entities who own the property,” he said. “I think people want to comply . if they want to go hike, we’ve got to give them a solution.”
The congested parking would pose an issue if emergency personnel needed to address a situation in the area, Dean said.
Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com