YARNELL, Ariz. The long awaited memorial honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots will open to the public on Wednesday in Yarnell.
The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is located two miles south of Yarnell on State Route 89.
The Hotshots Trail is 2.85 miles long with plaques every 600 feet with a photo and story of each fallen hotshot.
Once you reach the observation deck, 400 feet up, you can view the site where the brave men lost their lives or you can hike down to pay your respects.
There will also be a tribute wall available for you to leave mementos in honor of the fallen firefighters.
The entire hike is 7 miles round trip so state park officials encourage you to dress properly and bring plenty of water.
"I encourage all Arizonans to hike and visit the Hotshots Trail and discover what made each of these men special," Gov. Doug Ducey said.
Gov. Ducey was on hand along with family members of the fallen firefighters for a private dedication Tuesday morning.
"Today as we dedicate the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, may this always be a sacred place for this community and for this state to honor the lives of those who died protecting us," Ducey said. "And may it always serve as a testament to the danger firefighters everywhere face every day. We will never forget."