With the local Cinch Hook snow area closed indefinitely to sleeders, the snow play areas located along the Highway 180 corridor have become increasingly popular.
Officials at the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff Police Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety believe northern Arizona will receive a high volume of winter recreation enthusiasts this holiday weekend.
Visitors can expect to see congestion on Highway 180, north of Flagstaff, near Arizona Snowbowl, Flagstaff Nordic Center and the Wing Mountain Snow Play area.
Snow play locations not on the Highway 180 corridor are Mormon Lake Lodge and Happy Jack Lodge along Forest Highway 3, southeast of Flagstaff and Fort Tuthill County Park off Interstate 17, just south of Flagstaff.
If you are using Highway 180, expect heavy traffic congestion and significant delays, with the heaviest delays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Visitors traveling to and from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park should consider alternative routes around Flagstaff, including heading west from Flagstaff on Interstate 40 to State Route 64 just east of Williams and north on State Route 64 to the Grand Canyon. Additionally, motorists can head north from Flagstaff on Highway 89 to the junction of Highway 89 and State Route 64, just before Cameron, heading west on State Route 64 to East Rim Drive in the National Park.
When travelling in northern Arizona, motorist should be prepared for winter driving conditions.
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.
Be prepared for cold weather and winter driving conditions with a full tank of gas, tire chains and flashlight. Pack extra clothes, snacks, water and trash bags.
Be safe and aware. Do not park along the highway. Bike helmets are recommended for safe sledders.
Be patient. Highways 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.