La Mina Recreation Area in El Yunque to reopen by reservation
By John McPhaul
The U.S. Forest Service will reopen the El Yunque recreation corridor along highway PR-191, also called La Mina Recreation Area, on Wednesday.
Capacity is limited, so visitors will need to use an online reservation system to reserve a timed-entry ticket in advance of a visit, the Forest Service said in a press release.
Reservations through Recreation.gov or the Recreation.gov mobile app will be available starting today at 10 a.m.
A risk analysis was conducted to determine the visitor capacity in the corridor, prioritizing public and employee health and safety.
Based on the capacity of working restroom facilities, access in the developed recreation area will be limited to 130 vehicles per day, regulated by the timed-ticket entry system.
The reservation system will minimize contact between Forest staff and visitors, and limit crowding in the main recreation area.
The entry tickets are free, but Recreation.gov charges a $2 processing fee. Visitors must display a printed or digital ticket to enter. The tickets are issued per vehicle and the person named on the ticket must be present at the time of entry.
Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. A limited number of reservations will be held for release 24 hours prior to entry to accommodate some last-minute reservations.
Reservations can be made for morning or afternoon entry tickets and are only for the PR-191 recreation corridor and are not required for visiting other areas of the Forest.
Also, reservations are only for public use and do not apply to authorized commercial operations.
Visitors are asked to follow guidelines for wearing masks, social distancing, reducing crowding, trash management and parking when visiting the Forest.
More information on the reservation system and guidelines for safe outdoor recreation can be found at the Forest website www.fs.usda.gov/elyunque, Facebook@ElYunqueNF, Recreation.gov or the Recreation.gov mobile app.