Forest Orders

Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations 261.50 (a) gives each Forest Supervisor the authority to issue orders which close or restrict use of the of described areas within the area over which he/she has jurisdiction. An order may close an area to entry or may restrict the use of an area by applying any or all of the prohibitions authorized in Title 36, Part 261, Subpart B, of the Code of Federal Regulations.

  • Arizona Collateral Schedule Field Guide (36 CFR 261, Subpart A) This field guide lists the penalties for violations of the specific prohibitions contained in 36 CFR 261, Subpart A. In addition to the penalties listed in this field guide, Class B misdemeanors consist of a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both (see 16 U.S.C. § 551, 18 U.S.C. §§ 3559, 3571, and 3581).
  • U.S. Government Publishing Office: 36 CFR 261 - Prohibitions complete text of the regulations, including 36 CFR 261 Subpart B "Prohibitions in Areas Designated by Order" mentioned above.

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Below are the official Forest Orders with text and maps. If you are familiar with the area you are planning to go, check out our Forest Closure & Restrictions Map that correlate with these Orders, where you can click on specific areas on the map to see what closures and/or restrictions are in effect--including those areas that have year-round restrictions in place.

Closures

Forest Orders related to the complete closure of specific areas of the forest.

  Date   Order # Expires Title District(s)
6-7-2024 03-04-06-24-04 6-30-2024 Mormon Crossing Temporary Closure Red Rock Ranger District
5-3-2024 03-04-07-24-01 6-1-2024 Wolf Fire Closure Order Mogollon Rim
5-2-2024 03-04-06-24-02 7-31-2024 Cave Springs Campground Temporary Closure Red Rock
11-30-2023 03-04-06-23-25 11-30-2028 Verde Wild and Scenic River Special Restrictions Red Rock
3-21-2023 03-04-07-23-06 3-21-2026 Cinch Hook Pit Area Safety Closure Mogollon Rim
3-15-2023 03-04-08-23-05 8-15-2024 Peaks Crag Seasonal Wildlife Closure Flagstaff
1-24-2023 03-04-06-23-02 1-24-2025 Banjo Bill Picnic Area Closure Red Rock
11-18-2022 03-04-07-22-29 11-18-2024 Bear Canyon Road Closure Mogollon Rim

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Fire Restrictions

Forest Orders related to the restriction of campfires, stoves, smoking, fireworks, and other fire restrictions in specific areas of the Forest.

  Date   Order # Expires Title District(s)
6-6-2024 03-04-24-01 9-30-2024 Stage 1 Fire Restrictions All
11-30-2023 03-04-06-23-25 11-30-2028 Verde Wild and Scenic River Special Restrictions Red Rock
10-2-2023 03-04-06-23-21 3-31-2033

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Camping, Fire and Glass Container Prohibition

Non-Permit Season (October 2 - March 31)

Red Rock
5-1-2023 03-04-08-23-10 4-30-2025 Flagstaff Area Camping and Campfire Prohibition Flagstaff
4-1-2023 03-04-06-23-07 10-1-2033

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Parking, Glass Container, Camping and Fire Prohibitions

Permit Season (April 1 - October 1)

Red Rock

1-24-2023

03-04-06-23-03 1-24-2033 Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon Camping & Campfire Restrictions Red Rock

9-1-2022

03-04-06-22-25 8-31-2024 West Sedona Camping & Campfire Restrictions (for higher quality map, click here). Red Rock
5-30-2023 03-00-23-001 6-1-2026 Regional Closure Order - Fireworks, Explosives, Spark Arrestors  Area Map SW Region
5-20-2015 04-15-04-R 4-30-2025 Camping and Campfires: Pumphouse Wash and Kelly Pocket area, south of Kachina Village Flagstaff

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Camping

Forest Orders restricting camping.

  Date   Order # Expires Title District(s)
11-30-2023 03-04-06-23-25 11-30-2028 Verde Wild and Scenic River Special Restrictions Red Rock
10-2-2023 03-04-06-23-21 3-31-2033

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Camping, Fire and Glass Container Prohibition

Non-Permit Season (October 2 - March 31)

Red Rock
5-1-2023 03-04-08-23-10 4-30-2025 Flagstaff Area Camping and Campfire Prohibition Flagstaff
4-1-2023 03-04-06-23-07 10-1-2033

Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River Parking, Glass Container, Camping and Fire Prohibitions

Permit Season (April 1 - October 1)

Red Rock

1-24-2023

03-04-06-23-03 1-24-2033 Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon Camping & Campfire Restrictions Red Rock
9-1-2022 03-04-06-22-25 8-31-2024 West Sedona Camping & Campfire Restrictions (for higher quality map, click here). Red Rock
10-25-2022 03-04-00-22-28 10-26-2024 Dispersed Camping 14-Day Stay Limit All
5-20-2015 04-15-04-R 4-30-2025 Camping and Campfire Restriction (Pumphouse Wash and Kelly Pocket area, south of Kachina Village) Flagstaff

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Vehicle Use and Travel

Forest Orders restricting the travel and/or use of motorized and/or non-motorized vehicles.

  Date   Order # Expires Title District(s)
4-15-2024 03-04-08-24-01 7-31-2024 Pipeline Fire Temporary Trail and Road Closure  Flagstaff
5-30-2023 03-00-23-002 6-1-2026 Regional Motor Vehicle Code  Area Map SW Region

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All Other Uses

Forest Orders related to any other use, including but not limited to glass containers, nudity, fishing, swimming, and climbing.

  Date   Order # Expires Title District(s)
12-21-2022 03-04-06-22-30 12-20-2027 Oak Creek Glass Container Prohibition Red Rock

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