Snow and wet weather are predicted to arrive in Arizona this week, which may leave many forest roads impassable and requiring a temporary road closure on the Tonto National Forest. Depending on rain and snow fall amounts, Mount Peeley (Forest Road 201), Mount Ord (Forest Road 626), and Four Peaks (Forest Road 143) may be temporarily closed. The last rainstorm also caused washouts and rocks to fall on the Horseshoe Dam Road (Forest Road 205). A four wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended to reach Horseshoe Lake.
While most roads on the Tonto National Forest remain open, traveling on wet and snow covered forest roads is not advised during the winter. When exploring the forest in
winter don’t overestimate the ability of your vehicle. If your vehicle is leaving ruts in the road, please reevaluate your need to be on the road. If you must venture into the forest, four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended and always carry tire chains, extra clothing, blankets, food, water, and a cell phone. Remember, to tell friends and family which roads you plan to travel and when you expect to be home. Plan Ahead and be safe. For the latest information go to www.azdot.gov/KnowSnow or www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1 to reach Arizona Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Center. For questions about road closures on the Tonto National Forest, please contact 602-225-5200, during regular business hours. As a friendly reminder, all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2019, in celebration of Thanksgiving.