Seasonal road closures to take effect as weather changes

Contact(s): Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office 928-527-3600, Media Contact: Brady Smith 928-527-3490

Flagstaff, Arizona — As winter conditions approach and the chances for snow increase, the Coconino National Forest is taking several measures to provide for the safety of visitors and protect forest resources and roads.

Each year the Coconino National Forest implements seasonal road closures in order to protect the roads and also keep people from getting stuck and stranded in the middle of the forest during snow storms. Seasonal road closures occur at different times each year and are dependent upon incoming weather and conditions of the roads. 

Beginning Wednesday, the Mogollon Rim Ranger District will begin their seasonal road closures and many roads on the district will begin closing for the season. Forest roads on the Flagstaff and Red Rock Ranger Districts will also begin closing soon for the season, depending on weather and road conditions.

Snowplayers and winter recreationists are encouraged to Know Before You Go and take the time to learn about the conditions and closures in place before heading out.

Many of the roads at higher elevations are closed seasonally, so be sure to watch for posted closure signs, call one of the district offices, or check the Coconino National Forest Road Status web page.

Drivers are reminded to avoid driving on saturated surfaces to prevent road damage, soil erosion and getting stuck.  As well, be aware that even though a forest road might start on an open road in the desert, if it begins to climb in elevation the driver could encounter deep snow and 4-wheel driving conditions. Some of the roads that people experience this drastic change in the winter months include roads such as Schnebly Hill Road, Forest Road 214, FR 618 and FR 229.