Snow causes delays, closures, cancellations
The Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest closed vehicle access to forest roads on the east side of state Highway 64 due to public safety concerns. Forest roads on the west side of the highway will remain open.
The Tusayan Ranger District has received significant snowfall with more snow predicted over the next few days. Motorists have encountered extremely hazardous driving conditions.
"Our concern is safety," said acting Tusayan District Ranger Linda Wadleigh. "Accessing the east side of the Tusayan district by motor vehicle is simply too dangerous right now due to the large amount of snow. As soon as conditions improve, we will lift the motor vehicle restrictions."
The east end of Forest Road 307 will remain open to four-wheel-drive vehicles from Highway 64 on the far northeastern side of the Tusayan district to the gate at Trash Dam below Hull Cabin. Forest Road 307 provides access to the district's Christmas tree cutting area.
"We hope to leave the eastern end of the 307 road open to four-wheel-drive vehicles for as long as possible so that people can use the tags they have purchased to cut Christmas trees," Wadleigh said. "However, we will be watching conditions closely and will close access if conditions warrant."
Forest managers will lift the temporary motor vehicle restrictions as soon as conditions allow. For more information, please call the Tusayan Ranger District at 928-638-2443.
In Grand Canyon National Park, the snow has closed Hermit Road, to the west of Grand Canyon Village, until further notice.
Because of the snow, the Tusayan Fire Department and Coconino County officials cancelled a Wednesday meeting to talk about standardizing addresses in Tusayan. That meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Quality Inn and will be rescheduled after the holiday according to Fire Chief Robbie Evans.
Park Public Affairs Officer Maureen Oltrogge said that there have been several calls reporting vehicle slide-offs and warned drivers to use caution.
More snow is predicted for today and into tomorrow.