Forest road closures for public safety take effect in northern Arizona

January 23rd, 2019 at 7:21 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Jan. 21, 2019, For Immediate Release — The Flagstaff Ranger District and Mogollon Rim Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest have been closing a number of forest roads for the safety of visitors and to protect forest roads during the winter season.

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

Drivers are reminded to avoid driving on open roads that appear to be saturated in order 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, four-wheel driving conditions and closed gates in other districts or neighboring national forests. 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.

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