Snow Play Areas Expect Busy Holiday Traffic

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Public safety agencies in the Flagstaff area anticipate a high volume of visitors who wish to play in snow over the upcoming holiday weekends.

Representatives from Arizona Department of Public Safety, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, City of Flagstaff Police Department and U.S. Forest Service are working together to provide for a safe winter recreation experience for all.

Of particular concern is congestion on Highway 180 north of Flagstaff, since several popular winter recreation sites, including Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff Nordic Center and Wing Mountain Snow Play Area are located along the highway.

Additional snow play locations include Mormon Lake Lodge and Happy Jack Lodge along Forest Highway 3 southeast of Flagstaff, and Fort Tuthill County Park, off of I-17 just south of Flagstaff. In the past some of the more popular snow play areas will fill up by noon. If you are using the Highway 180 Corridor please except the possibility of heavy traffic congestion and significant delays.

In the event of heavy congestion, public safety agencies may offer alternative routes as you enter Flagstaff. Please consider these alternative routes as viable options. Remember you are here to have fun, so please exercise patience and courtesy.

• Know before you go — Current information about where to go to play in the snow is available daily from the Flagstaff Visitor Center at 877-878-9377. A map of winter recreation sites in the Flagstaff-Coconino National Forest area is at http://flagstaffarizona.org/documents/WinterRec.map.pdf  

• Be prepared for cold weather and winter driving conditions with a full tank of gas, chains, flashlight and other emergency items. Pack extra dry clothes, snacks, water and a trash bag.

• Be safe and aware. Don’t park along the highway. Look before you slide. Watch out for hazards and other visitors. Bike helmets are recommended for safe sledders.

• Be patient. Highways through the Flagstaff area may be congested.

• Leave no trace other than footprints and snowmen. Take your trash with you.

• Respect private property and other locations where snow play and sledding is not appropriate.

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