Spring has finally arrived and Coconino National Forest recreation managers are re-opening campgrounds that have been closed for the winter season. Some forest roads are still closed due to heavy snow accumulation and will further delay reopening of several campgrounds.
The following campgrounds are already open:
All campgrounds in the Red Rock Ranger District — Beaver Creek, Clear Creek, Manzanita, Cave Springs and Chavez Crossing Group Campgrounds.
Mogollon Rim District — Clint’s Well, Elks Group, and Long Valley Work Center Group Campgrounds.
Scheduled to open Friday, May 7:
Peaks and Mormon Lake Districts — Ashurst/Forked Pine, Dairy Springs and Dairy Springs Group, Double Springs, Little Elden Horse Camp, Lakeview, Bonito, O’Leary Group, Canyon Vista and Pinegrove Campgrounds.
Mogollon Rim District — Blue Ridge, Rock Crossing and Moqui Group Campgrounds.
Scheduled to open Saturday, May 15:
Peaks and Mormon Lake Districts: Kinnikinick Campground.
Campgrounds that will open later, when the forest roads leading to them re-open:
Peaks and Mormon Lake Districts — Lockett Meadow Campground.
Mogollon Rim District — Knoll Lake and Kehl Springs Campgrounds.
Pine Flat campground in Oak Creek Canyon is closed for reconstruction with an anticipated re-opening in late summer 2010.
Reservations for single-unit sites are offered at some campgrounds, while all group campsites require reservations. To make a reservation, call toll-free 1-877-444-6777, or use the website www.recreation.gov.
Forest Service officials appreciate drivers’ patience while snow melts and roads dry out. Driving on muddy roads with saturated soil contributes to road damage, deep ruts and soil erosion.
These can be costly to repair and can cause irreversible damage to soil and vegetation.
Forest roads recently re-opened include (this is a partial list and some roads are open part way into the forest): Off of Highway 180 north of Flagstaff: FR 164B, 222, 222B, 245, 247191, 514. Off of I-17 south of Flagstaff: 153, 237, 631, 253, 80, 226. Off of Highway 89 north of Flagstaff: 417, 418. Off of Highway 89A south of Flagstaff: 231, 237, 535. Off of Lake Mary Road/Forest Highway 3 south of Flagstaff: 3E, 125, 128, 82E, 229, 213, 124, 81. Off of Highway 87: 141, 147, 613, 616, 149, 751, 95.
For more information on campgrounds and road status on the Coconino National Forest, visit the website at www.coconinoforest.us, or contact your local ranger station.