Coronado National Forest officials are advising people who plan to have outings at Peppersauce Campground near Oracle this weekend to use other locations.
“We want people to know there might be better places that are suited for their enjoyment because of the potential for protesters at the campground,” said Heidi Schewel, a Coronado National Forest spokeswoman.
Immigration protesters are expected today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Sycamore Canyon Academy, which was identified by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu as a place the federal government is temporarily sending unaccompanied Central American children.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will be present for the protest, which is in its jurisdiction. The academy is east of Oracle.
Schewel said the Forest Service is letting campers know of other locations for outings as a safety advisory and as a courtesy.
Other recreational locations can be found on Mount Lemmon, in Redington Pass and in Madera Canyon, Schewel said.
The immigrant children, who were detained by federal authorities after entering the country illegally in Texas by the thousands, are being bused to Arizona and other locations to be housed temporarily.
On Tuesday, protesters blocked a bus carrying children headed to a YMCA camp on an Oracle road to Mount Lemmon. The protesters mistook it as a bus carrying children from Central America, which did not show up.
Meanwhile, demonstrations are set across the nation today as a National Day of Protest against immigration reform, amnesty and illegal immigration, according to organizers.