This webpage provides current and pertinent 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 Regional and Forest Orders Map
Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, briquettes, coal, and wood stoves are prohibited, except within a developed recreation site. Smoking is also prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or a developed recreation site. Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest and state lands.
Big Lake Recreation Area, Apache Trout Campground, Brookchar Campground, Cutthroat Campground, Grayling Campground, Rainbow Campground
Date(s): Feb 25, 2022 - Jan 31, 2025
Order 03-01-20-01 prohibits possessing or storing any food, or refuse, in the Big Lake Recreation Area, except in the manner specified in the Order 03-01-20-01. This includes no food or refuse to be fed to birds, squirrels, or other wildlife. The purpose of this Order is to provide for public safety by minimizing adverse interactions between bears and humans. This Order shall remain in effect until January 31, 2025, or until rescinded, whichever comes first.
Operating any type of vehicle that does not comply with the Motor Vehicle Code for that state. 36 CFR 261.54 (a)
Operating any type of vehicle in a manner inconsistent with the Motor Vehicle Code for that state. 36 CFR 261.54 (b)
Using a road for commercial hauling without a permit or written authorization. 36 CFR 261.54 (c)
Operating a vehicle in violation of the Motor Vehicle Code for that state. 36 CFR 261.54 (d)
Being on the road while operating any type of vehicle in violation of the Motor Vehicle Code for that state. 36 CFR 261.54 (e)
Operating any type of vehicle carelessly, recklessly, or without regard for the rights or safety of other persons or in a manner or at a speed that would endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property. 36 CFR 261.54 (f)
14-Day Stay Limit at National Forests Campgrounds And Dispersed Areas
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests would like to remind all our recreationists that there is a 14-day stay limit while camping on all ranger districts (Alpine, Black Mesa, Clifton, Lakeside and Springerville Ranger Districts) on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) per Order 01-14-561, Apache- Sitgreaves NFs Special Restrictions for Occupancy and Use, June 1, 2014 "Camping or overnight occupancy in any dispersed areas by any person or group for more than 14 consecutive days within a 30-day period is prohibited. For purposes of the order, camping is defined as: Overnight occupancy of National Forest System lands, whether by persons or their camping equipment and other personal property, for the period specified.” 36 CFR 261.58(a)
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.
Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.SO(a) 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.
It is Forest Service policy to not permit the placement of memorials, monuments, shrines or items of remembrance on our shared lands. Existing permitting authorities do not provide for the permanent use of the NFS land.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests provided results from the initial investigation of horse deaths. The ASNF continued the investigation based on a tip from the public about a possible 5th deceased horse.