The Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest says it will close its highest-use destinations and day-use sites in the Sedona area to slow the spread of the new Coronavirus.
Forest officials say the move is in response to large numbers of people hiking, congregating, and not practicing social distancing.
The District says the following areas will be closed to the public starting this weekend until further notice:
• Beaver Creek Day-Use Site
•Bell Rock Trailhead
• Cathedral Rock Trailhead and Trail
• Courthouse Vista Trailhead
• Crescent Moon Day-Use Site
• Devil’s Bridge Trail, including OHV access and surrounding associated trails:
• Dry Creek Trailhead
• Long Canyon Trailhead
• Mescal Trailhead
• West Fork Trailhead and Trail
U.S. Forest Service employees and law enforcement officers will patrol the areas closed, and citations will be given to those who ignore the closures.
The Coconino National Forest says it will continually evaluate popular areas across each district to determine if additional closures are necessary to help aid in following federal, state, and local health guidelines.