Road Closure Info
January 22, 2014 Update:
I just went to a Coronado National Forest meeting on their Draft Forest Plan and found out they have MVUMs published on their website and available at their district offices. Although they stated that these have been around for a number of years, this is the first time I've seen them on their website and have talked to people at the offices that knew about them.
Coronado National Forest Page Regarding Forest Plan
I understand that the Travel Management Plan (including the MVUMs) are going through proposed changes and they will be up for public comment this year (hopefully). I am planning on meeting one-on-one with the Forest Service to see if I can get additional (and clear) information to provide you with. I will also be updating the below references to include links to their MVUMS. Some of the data below is outdated.
This page is not intended to identify specific roads that are closed due to fire, repairs or heavy rains, but as a general page on what's happening to a significant portion of the forest roads in our state.
It is my understanding that about 50%-70% of all national forest roads in Arizona may be closed by the Forest Service within the next year or two. Coconino National Forest has closed over 50% of their roads (about 3,000 miles) this year, with the Coronado National Forest planning on doing about the same next year. This is a direct result of a 2005 U.S. Forest Service directive to limit off-road driving in the nation's forests.
The National Forest service is transitioning to use Motor Vehicle Use Maps or MVUMs as their standard for showing which trails are open and which are closed. Click here to be taken to the MVUM page with links to National Forest MVUMs or proposed MVUMs.
Coronado National Forest Proposed Maps:
Click here for information on Coronado National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) and proposed closure maps.
You can find the other National Forest poposed maps on the MVUM page.
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