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Although the Wing Mountain and Crowley Pit snowplay areas may be closed this winter, there are still ample opportunities to enjoy the snow in the Flagstaff area. Here's our best shot at a comprehensive list of legally accessible snowplay and sledding areas, plus the places where snowplay is a no-go:

Snowplay areas in the Highway 180 corridor

  • Schultz Pass Road: Park at the intersection of Schultz Pass and Elden Lookout roads, Schultz Pass Road has a mild slope beyond the gate.
  • Walk in to Wing Mountain: Although the road to Wing Mountain Snow Play Area is closed and parking at the road entrance isn’t allowed, those willing to walk can still get to Wing Mountain’s cinder hills. Park in the limited spaces at entrance to lower Hart Prairie Road (FR 151) across Highway 180 and walk the mile or so to the cinder hills.
  • Forest Road 794: 25 to 30 parking spaces and small slopes beyond the parking lot and the road gate. Make sure not to block the road or U.S. Forest Service gate. 
  • Upper Hart Prairie Road (FR 151): About 20 spaces if snow is packed down/plowed. Walk up the road past the gate for small slopes. Make sure not to block the road or U.S. Forest Service gate. 
  • Kendrick Watchable Wildlife Area (also called Walker Lake on some maps): 35-40 paved spaces with restroom. Nearest hill is about a mile away, so be ready for a hike, snowshoe or ski and tow your tubes and sleds.
  • Peak View parking area: Gentle slopes and opportunities for snowplay near this approximately 20-car parking lot, which also has a restroom.
  • Arizona Nordic Village (Snowplay allowed Jan. 14 and 15 only for $20 per car)
  • Kachina Village: The hill near the intersection of Ancient Trail and Kachina Trail 

In town

  • Lone Tree at JW Powell: The small parking lot on the northeast side of the intersection fits about 20 vehicles, but some of the spaces are reserved for disabled parking. The slope is steep but small and will only fit a few sledders at a time without risking collisions.
  • Paradise Valley at Easy Oldham Trail: Park at the cul-de-sac at the end of Paradise Road. The best sledding slopes are north toward Mount Elden or toward the west, near the edge of Buffalo Park.
  • McPherson Park Disc Golf Course behind Jay Lively: Park at Buffalo Park or at the ice rink and look for several tree-free slopes throughout the disc golf course that are ideal for sledding.
  • Campbell Mesa: Park at trailhead and find some shorter slopes near the parking lot.
  • East slope of McMillan Mesa: Park on North Izabel Street and find a few sledding routes through the trees on the east side of McMillan Mesa
  • Flagstaff Snow Park at Fort Tuthill County Park: Sledding tube rentals are included in the $9 to $15 price of admission at the snow park, which has a variety of tubing hills. Other amenities include fire pits and food and beverage vendors.  

Out of town

  • Fay Ridge Trailhead off Lake Mary Road: The trailhead is located on the west side of Lake Mary Road, several miles south of the intersection with J.W. Powell Boulevard. There is off-street parking for about 35 vehicles at the trailhead.
  • Oak Hill off old Route 66: The area is located on the site of an old alpine ski area and has parking for about 20 cars. From Flagstaff, take I-40 west 16 miles to the Parks exit. Turn right and go to Historic Route 66. Turn left on to Historic Route 66 and continue 4 miles to the Oak Hill Snow Play Area on your left.
  • Elk Ridge in Williams: This ski and snowplay area on Bill Williams Mountain was purchased by Arizona Snowbowl last year. It won’t be open this year but will be open in future years for skiing and snowplay.
  • Mormon Lake Ski Touring Center: This fee area at Mormon Lake Village offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other types of recreation.
  • Mormon Lake/Pinewood Snowmobile Trail System: A no-fee snowmobile area between Mormon Lake and Pinewood. There are multiple access points. 

Sledding/snowplay NOT allowed:

  • Areas behind Lowell Observatory parking lot
  • Mars Hill behind the Thorpe Park ramadas and the Joe C. Montoya Community & Senior Center
  • The hill off McMillan Mesa behind Coconino High alongside the Forest Avenue
  • Arizona Snowbowl and anywhere along Snowbowl Road
  • Freidlein Prairie Road pull-out at FR522 along Snowbowl Road
  • Lamar Haines pull-out at milepost 4.5 along Snowbowl Road
  • Arizona Nordic Village (except Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend)

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Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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