Cinch Hook gravel pit at the Highway 87 and 260 junction remains closed to all visitors for the entire winter, despite the heavy snowfall last week.
The Forest Service closed the once-popular sledding area two years ago due to concerns about trash, sanitation, vandalism and safe use of the area.
The Forest Service has banned parking along the highway in the vicinity of Cinch Hook Pit to prevent bottlenecks and dangerous traffic conditions.
Due to these dangers and lack of adequate public facilities, Cinch Hook will not open for visitation or snowplay and the public is prohibited from entering the pit area.
Visitors wanting to play in the snow are asked to contact the Flagstaff Visitor’s Center at (928) 774-9541 or 1-800-842-7293 to get information about other snowplay areas.
Keep in mind that snowplay areas fill up very quickly — usually by 10 a.m., and may involve a fee for use.
Phone numbers of other snowplay opportunities in the area, including around Flagstaff, are:
Happy Jack Lodge — (928) 477-2805
Long Valley Service at Clint’s Well — (928) 477-2211
Wing Mountain Winter Snow Play Area — (602) 923-3555
Fort Tuthill County Park Coconino County Parks & Recreation — (928) 679-8000
Mormon Lake Lodge — (928) 354-2227
For more information about the Cinch Hook area, call the Mogollon Rim Ranger District at (928) 477-2255.