Although the calendar says spring, much of the Coconino National Forest looks like winter.
Many of the roads in the Coconino National Forest above the Mogollon Rim are still covered in snow and mud and remain closed.
“In many cases, a road may look dry and solid just behind the gate, but in spots further down, there are still snowdrifts and mud,” said Brian Dykstra, with the Mogollon Rim District Ranger.
Wet road surfaces can’t support the weight of a vehicle. Driving on wet forest roads and driving off-road to avoid mud puddles, creates costly and irreversible damage to soil and vegetation. More importantly, doing so is unsafe for forest users.
“In addition to waiting for the snow to melt, winter storms caused lots of downed trees which must be cleared before the road can be safely passable,” Dykstra said. “We appreciate drivers’ understanding and patience waiting for the roads to dry out.”
Forest roads above the Mogollon Rim off of Highways 87, 89A, 89, 180, Lake Mary Road/Forest Highway 3 and Interstate 17 are closed.
For updates on road conditions, check the Coconino National Forest website under “Current Conditions” www.coconinoforest.us, or contact the Mogollon Rim Ranger District at (928) 477-2255.