Rancho Cucamonga cracking down on trespassing at Cucamonga Canyon

February 20, 2012 by  

Taking a shortcut to Cucamonga Canyon could get you in a heap of trouble. The city of Rancho Cucamonga has gotten serious about making sure visitors to Cucamonga Canyon enter the popular tourism site without trespassing on private property. The only legal want to enter the canyon, located north of Alta Loma, is through Big Tree Road.

Many sightseers prefer to take short cuts to the area marked by waterfalls and cliffs. That means driving through residential development near Skyline Road or on private roads north of Turquoise Avenue.

Law enforcement officials told the City Council and Valley Water District during a recent special meeting that they plan to post “no trespassing” signs in the vicinity of the canyon. Printing services could run off as many warning signs as the city requires.

Trespassers will be cited and prosecuted through the District Attorney’s Office, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Smith. The goal of the stepped up enforcement is not to limit access to the canyon but rather to protect property owners, Smith added.

Vehicle theft and other burglaries have occurred in the residential area near the entry of the canyon. Drug use and graffiti have also been ongoing problems in Cucamonga Canyon over the years, said Fire Chief Mike Bell.

Residents who have questions or concerns about the issues of Cucamonga Canyon are encouraged to attend a public hearing on Monday March 12. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Stork Elementary School.