Road work to repair two rusted culverts on Schnebly Hill Road (FR 153) has been rescheduled for May 2 - 6, 2016. The road will be closed in the Foxboro area while repair work is underway. Updates will be posted as more details are available. See Road Status for additional road closure information.
Fossil Creek, Flume Trail to Fossil Creek Dam, Fossil Springs Trail No. 18, Fossil Springs Wilderness, Waterfall Trail on Fossil Creek
Date(s): Apr 22, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Fossil Creek Hotline 928-226-4611; Red Rock Ranger District 928-203-2900
Fossil Creek Road (FR 708) will be closed at FR 502 (Childs) for construction of a new gate into the Homestead, Tonto Bench, Irving, Waterfall, Fossil Creek Bridge area along the creek. The road closure started Monday, April 25, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. and is expected to last until 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30. FR 502 is open, allowing visitors to Fossil Creek access to Sally May, Purple Mountain, and Mazatzal parking areas. More details will be posted here as soon as the information is available.
Sections of trails in the Schultz Pass area are closed for public safety due to forest thinning work in the area.
Signs are posted at the trailheads and along sections of the Weatherford, Secret, and Arizona Trails (AZT Passage 34) in closed areas. The sections of trails will be closed until operations concluded and the area is safe for public use. View full press release.
Questions can be directed to Sean Murphy at the Flagstaff Ranger District at 928-527-8225.
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.
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.