Daf­fodil Hill closes in­def­i­nitely in Amador

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Kyla Cathey

SUTTER CREEK — The Ryan fam­ily, who own Daf­fodil Hill in Amador County, have closed the pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion in­def­i­nitely, cit­ing safety con­cerns.

Poor weather over the past sev­eral years has limited the num­ber of days Daf­fodil Hill was open. That, along with the lo­ca­tion’s enor­mous pop­u­lar­ity, has led to over­whelm­ing num­bers of vis­i­tors on the days the lo­ca­tion is open.

“Af­ter the crush of vis­i­tors that de­scended upon our Hill this year, we came to re­al­ize that the lim­i­ta­tion on the size of our park­ing ar­eas and the in­abil­ity of the lo­cal road in­fra­struc­ture to han­dle the volume cre­ated li­a­bil­ity and safety con­cerns for ev­ery­one in­volved,” the fam­ily wrote on the Daf­fodil Hill Face­book page.

Dur­ing open­ing week­end ear­lier this year, some vis­i­tors by­passed the two-hour wait for a park­ing space and left their cars along­side the road — which could have blocked emer­gency ser­vices ve­hi­cles from getting through.

The fam­ily con­sid­ered sev­eral po­ten­tial so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing reser­va­tions, they said. In the end, they felt in­def­i­nite clo­sure was the only prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion at this time.

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