Arizona forest officials may reopen off-road trails

Publish Date: 
Sep 10, 2012

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Officials at the Coconino National Forest are considering building or reopening some 73 miles of trails for motorcycles and ATVs stretching south from Flagstaff's airport to Munds Park between I-17 and Lake Mary Road.

The forest officially closed most of its 1.8 million acres to most motorized recreation in May. Motorcyclists got 18 to 20 miles of single-track trails in Fort Valley while quad riders got the barren 14,000-acre Cinder Hills north of Doney Park.

It was part of a national U.S. Forest Service proposal to limit erosion and other impacts from off-road driving, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.

One conservation group that has been tracking the changes said it supports using existing routes near the airport, but it doesn't want new trails built, citing noise and dust.

The Coconino National Forest plans to make a decision on the trail perhaps this winter, and begin building next summer if approved.

No cost estimates are out yet, and funding is in question.

Posted by Holly Wagner