Cinch Hook Pit closed to snowplay visitors

Release Date: Jan 11, 2013  

Contact(s): Blue Ridge Ranger Station 928-477-2255

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Cinch Hook gravel pit, located on State Highway 87 and Highway 260 junction, is closed to all visitors for the entire winter season of 2012-2013, even if substantial snow is received in the area.


Despite the Forest Service’s best management efforts, problems with trash, sanitation, vandalism, and safe use of the area have prompted the closure for public health and safety.


The public is reminded that Highways 87 and 260 are posted for no parking in the vicinity of Cinch Hook Pit. Illegal parking along these state highways creates bottlenecks and very dangerous traffic conditions for everyone in the area.


Due to these dangers and lack of adequate public facilities, Cinch Hook is not open for visitation or snowplay, and the public is prohibited from entering the pit area.


Visitors wanting to play in the snow are asked to contact the Flagstaff Visitor’s Center at 928-774-9541 or 1-800-842-7293 to get information about other snowplay areas. Keep in mind that snowplay areas fill up very quickly—usually by 10 a.m., and may involve a fee for use—so plan your trip accordingly.


Phone numbers of other snowplay opportunities in the area, including around Flagstaff, are:


  • Happy Jack Lodge - 928-477-2805
  • Long Valley Service at Clint’s Well - 928-477-2211
  • Wing Mountain Winter Snow Play Area - 602-923-3555
  • Fort Tuthill County Park Coconino County Parks & Recreation - 928-679-8000
  • Mormon Lake Lodge - 928-354-2227.


For more information about the Cinch Hook area or if you have questions, please call the Mogollon Rim Ranger District at 928-477-2255.