This webpage provides current and pertainent information about restrictions, closures, fire, safety alerts, and advisories.
Preparation and safety are of utmost importance while recreating in the national forest. Please observe safety alerts and notices before your excursion to the forest. Simply knowing the current conditions, closures and alerts prepares you for a pleasurable outdoor visit, free from any surprise that could deter your fun!
Rules and Closure Orders
In order to ensure the health and safety of forest visitors now and in the future, we ask you to follow the guidelines established to protect the forest and the natural environment. Long term and temporary closure orders are posted on the website, posted on bulletin boards, or located in the district or supervisor’s office. Alerts and Closures are posted below, as well.
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.SO(a) and (b) the following acts are prohibited in the area as described in this Order and as depicted on the attached map hereby incorporated into this Order as Exhibit A (the "restricted area"), within the Southwestern Region National Forests and National Grasslands in the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Drought conditions have limited food sources for wildlife; therefore we are expecting a high occurrence of bear sightings this year. Although bears are beautiful to look at, they are wild creatures and can be dangerous if provoked and attracted.
Fireworks are always prohibitedon the national forests. Violations of these restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.
Black Mesa Ranger District at (928)535-7300
Beginning Thursday, December 17, 2015 the Rim Lakes Recreation Area will be closed to wheeled motor vehicles. This closure includes, but is not limited to Forest Roads 300 (Rim Road), 169, 34, 225, 171, and 149. Access to Woods Canyon, Bear Canyon, and Willow Springs Lakes will be restricted to snowmobile and pedestrian traffic only. This closure is in place to protect the district's snow trails.
Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 551 and 36 CFR 261.50(a) the following act is prohibited within the area of Springerville Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, in the state of Arizona as described in this Order and depicted on the attached map hereby
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts and omissions are prohibited on the areas, roads, and trails described in this Order, and as depicted on the attached map at Exhibit A (the "restricted area"), within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Apache County, Arizona