Road work to repair two rusted culverts on Schnebly Hill Road (FR 153) originally schedule for November 16-20, 2015 has been delayed. Snow storms in early and mid-November have created waterflow conditions that have prevented the work from being started. Updates will be posted as the situation changes.
The road remains open in the Foxboro area until either the repair work can be rescheduled or weather conditions close the road. The work may be delayed until spring 2016 if it cannot be completed this fall. See Road Status for additional road closure information.
December 15, 2015: Winter weather has arrive in the high country, and with it, winter season road closures. Many of the higher elevation roads throughout the Flagstaff Ranger District have closed. Many roads in the Mogollon Rim Ranger District will swing their gates closed December 16.
See Road Status for up-to-date information about the most frequented routes. For further information about this closure, call:
Albert Sillas (928) 567-4121; Janie Agyagos (928) 203-7500
The Ladder’s bald eagle breeding area will be closed to the public on December 1, 2015. The closure is expected to last through June 30, 2015.
The closure area is south of Camp Verde, Arizona on both Coconino and Prescott National Forests. It is the two-mile section of the Verde River and adjacent National Forest lands from Verde Falls downstream to below the confluence with Sycamore Canyon. Road closures include FR 9709R at FR 574, and parts of FR 500 south of Cottonwood Basin.
River rafters may pass on the river in the closure area but are restricted from stopping, taking out watercraft, or delaying their passage through the area. Signs are posted along the river to mark the closure boundaries.
Use of the area is prohibited during the closure period. Violation of the closure is punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 6 months or both.
Flagstaff Ranger District 928-526-0866
All or part of Forest Roads 222, 222A, 518, and 519 surrounding Wing Mountain are closed. These roads close annually from December 1 through March 31 to provide winter recreation opportunities for sledding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and other snow play. When there is sufficient snow, the concessionaire will open the Wing Mountain Snow Play Area for the season, accessed on Forest Road 222B via Highway 180 north of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Mogollon Rim Ranger District 928-477-2255
Motor vehicle access to C.C. Cragin (aka Blue Ridge) Reservoir will be restricted beginning September 8, 2015, as the main forest road that leads to the reservoir will be closed to vehicles.
Forest Road 751 will be closed at Rock Crossing campground for public safety due to construction traffic using the road, and improvements are made to the boat ramp by the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department. Improvement work will include building a retaining wall and making improvements to the road used as the boat ramp, which will provide safer and more efficient access to the reservoir for recreational boaters.
Fossil Creek Road west of Strawberry, beginning 1/2 mile west of the entrance to the Upper Fossil Springs Trailhead (34.404593, -111.567246) and extending west and down canyon to immediately east of the Waterfall Trailhead (34.40501 -111.61398) will remain closed until further notice for public safety due to the treacherous and unsafe road conditions resulting from geologic instability on rock walls resulting in frequent rock falls and slides into the road.
If you would like to hike the Fossil Springs Trail, take the road from Strawberry.
If you wish to access the creek and waterfall, you can access the area from Hwy 260 just east of Camp Verde.
FR 776 is closed at Sunset Crater Volcano-Wupatki Scenic Loop Drive (FR 545). The access to the Cinder Hills OHV Area is the junction of FR 776 at Highway 89. The OHV area can no longer be accessed from FR 545. Visitors to the Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments can access these sites from one of the two junctions of FR 545 and Highway 89.
The change to this access will reduce congestion on FR 545 without impacting recreation opportunities.
Forest Order 04-15-06-R restricts fires, campfires, and stove fires in portions of Wet Beaver Creek, Wet Beaver Wilderness, Bell Trail, Apache Maid Trail, White Mesa Trail, Weir Trail, Beaver Creek Campground, and Beaver Creek Ranger Station.