Stage II Fire Restrictions and Closures in Place as of 8:00 AM May 23
As many of you know Coconino and Kaibab National Forests have implemented Stage II Fire Restrictions. To see what this means check this link fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino…
Starting May 23, large portions of the Coconino and Kaibab Forests will be closed to entry. Yes, this means that many of our local crags will be shut down until August unless rescinded earlier due to monsoon rains. This first closure affects The Pit, The Peaks Crag, Hobo Jungle, West Elden, Solitude Canyon, and Kelly Canyon. All of Bill Williams Mt. is closed. All of the San Francisco Peaks is closed. All of Mt. Elden is closed. This is a normal response to an unusually dry winter and threatening fire season. LARGE fines of up to 5000$ are in place for people who do not respect the closure. Forest service personnel are driving the forest roads and flying the skies to track illegal activities. There is even a volunteer group, Woods Wathchers that reports suspicious activity.
In addition to these closures, much of the state trust lands in Northern Arizona are closed as well (Winslow Wall). Do your research before heading out, because as I said, there will be big fines.
Areas that are still open include Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, The Overlook, The Waterfall, Paradise Forks, Volunteer Canyon, Jacks Canyon, Priest Draw, and Buffalo Park. But you had better double check!