FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Hunters and other outdoor recreationists are advised that beginning Sept. 23, the Coconino National Forest is implementing changes to the Schultz Burn closure west of Highway 89.
According to a news release from the Coconino National Forest, most Forest Service roads in the closure area will be reopened to motorized and non-motorized use. Roads are not currently maintained for passenger vehicles; Forest managers recommend the use of high-clearance vehicles only. Off-road motorized travel will continue to be prohibited in order to protect soil and vegetation resources.
Though the Forest Service continues to work diligently to reduce hazards and create safer conditions for the public, some hazards still exist within the burn area. Each visitor is responsible for his own safety. Forest users are urged to make safety their top priority while in the area. Always look up, look down, and look around.
According to the news release, Waterline Road (FR 146) will remain closed due to reconstruction efforts related to the City of Flagstaff water pipeline. Deer Hill Trail and Little Bear Trail remain closed as they were severely damaged by flooding. Little Elden Horse Camp and Lockett Meadow Campground will be closed for the fall and winter seasons. Lockett Meadow Road (FR 552) is open to non-motorized use only due to ongoing reconstruction efforts; the meadow can be accessed for day use if visitors choose to hike, bike, or ride their horses up the road. Hikers/riders should be cautious of crews and equipment, as road construction is scheduled to occur throughout the fall. Once construction along this road is complete, it too will be open to motorized vehicles.
As the Forest Service moves forward with flood mitigation and forest rehabilitation efforts, circumstances may warrant the temporary re-closure of certain areas. Forest managers will strive to keep any such closures as localized and short-term as possible.