“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 post reads.
“It is this overwhelming popularity that has led us to our decision to close.”
Visitors flocked to the daffodil fields.
“Smart growth and keeping both the visitor and the resident in mind are critical,” Mike Testa, the President & CEO of Visit Sacramento, tells CNN Travel. “We don’t want the expansion to our tourism industry to come with headaches for our guests — and most importantly our residents.”
And Daffodil Hill is far from the only spot on the globe where social media — specifically Instagram — has been cited as an issue for locals and the environment. In fact, it’s not even the only place in California.
Meanwhile, Australian tourism officials decided to close Uluru — formerly known as Ayers Rock — to climbers as of October 2019.