Coconino and Kaibab National Forests close sites amid coronavirus concern

Coconino and Kaibab National Forests close sites amid coronavirus concern

From the A collection of the Daily Sun's coronavirus coverage series
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U.S. Forest Service

Coconino and Kaibab National Forest have closed their developed recreation and day-use sites indefinitely to protect public and employee health from the impact of COVID-19.

The vast majority of the forest is still open to visitors who want to spend time outdoors participating in recreational opportunities that support social distancing, such as hiking and biking on trails, and dispersed camping, according to the Coconino National Forest release.

However, recreation sites, facilities and restrooms are closed. More sites may close in the future, depending on the situation, as circumstances can change rapidly in response to COVID-19. Notifications to those who have made any reservations will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

Coconino National Forest officials said visitors should mitigate resource impacts wherever they recreate by taking their trash with them when they depart and appropriately managing human waste by burying it at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet away from water, trails and recreation sites.

All Coconino National Forests offices are conducting business and providing services virtually.

Members of the public who have additional questions that cannot be answered through the Coconino National Forest website can contact a ranger station.

Here is a list of the closed Coconino National Forest sites and resources:

Day-Use Sites

• Banjo Bill Picnic Site

• Bootlegger Picnic Site

• Clints Well Picnic Site

• Encinoso Picnic Site

• Fossil Creek Area

• Halfway Picnic Site

• Long Valley Day-Use Site

• Oak Creek Vista

Group Campgrounds

• Chavez Crossing Group Campground

• Clear Creek Group Campground

• Dairy Springs Group Campground

• Elks Group Group Campground

• Long Valley Work Center Group Campground

• Moqui Group Campground

• O’Leary Group Campground

Heritage Sites

• Honanki Heritage Site

• Palatki Heritage Site

• V Bar V Heritage Site

Rental Cabins

• Apache Maid Cabin

• Crescent Moon Cabin

• Fernow Cabin

• Kendrick Cabin

Single Family Unit Campgrounds

• Ashurst Lake Campground

• Bonito Campground

• Blue Ridge Campground

• Canyon Vista Campground

• Cave Springs Campground

• Clear Creek Campground

• Clints Well Campground

• Dairy Springs Campground

• Double Springs Campground

• Kehl Springs Campground

• Knoll Lake Campground

• Lakeview Campground

• Little Elden Springs Campground

• Lockett Meadow Campground

• Manzanita Campground

• Pine Flat Campground

• Pine Grove Campground

• Rock Crossing Campground

Visitor Centers

• Red Rock Ranger Station & Visitor Center

• Oak Creek Visitor Center

Here is a list of closures from the Kaibab National Forest, by district:

North Kaibab Ranger District

• Le Fevre Overlook

Tusayan Ranger District

• Grandview Lookout Tower Day-Use Site

• Russell Tank Day-Use Site

Williams Ranger District

• Oak Hill Snow Play Area

• Kaibab Lake Day-Use Site (boat launch and parking to remain open)

• Dogtown Lake Day-Use Site (boat launch and parking to remain open)

• Sycamore Falls Climbing Area and Day-Use Site

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