Coconino National Forest to close on June 23

7/5 Update: The Coconino National Forest will reopen at 6am on Tuesday July 6. We look forward to welcoming guests back for scenic gondola rides and summer activities starting Friday July 9!


Dear Snowbowl guests,

This afternoon, the U.S. Forest Service announced the full closure of Coconino National Forest beginning on Wednesday June 23 due to fire danger, dry conditions, and persistent wildfire activity. Because Arizona Snowbowl is located entirely within the Coconino National Forest, Snowbowl will temporarily close for summer operations at the end of Tuesday June 22 until further notice.

We understand that this closure will affect guests who have purchased tickets in advance, and our Guest Services team will contact all guests directly regarding any pre-purchased tickets. To reach our team with any other questions, please send us an email at [email protected] and we will get back to you as quickly as possible – please note that response times may be delayed due to a high volume of inquiries during this time. During the closure, Snowbowl Road along with all surrounding trails will be closed to the public, including the Humphreys Peak and Arizona trails.

We’re thankful to all the firefighters and first responders who are currently working tirelessly to mitigate fires around the state, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back this summer only when conditions are safe to do so. We’re committed to keeping all of our guests informed, and we’ll continue to provide updates on our website as well as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as we learn more.

To learn more about the forest closure, click here. For additional updates, please follow the Coconino National Forest on Twitter at @CoconinoNF.



Is Snowbowl safe from fires?

Snowbowl is safe from fires at this time, and there is no imminent threat from the Slate Fire or Rafael Fire. Snowbowl’s closure is a result of the full closure of Coconino National Forest announced by the U.S. Forest Service.

How long will the closure last?

At this time, we do not know how long this closure will last – in the past, similar closures have typically lasted a few weeks. Though we may receive some rain over the next few weeks, the closure will not be lifted by the U.S. Forest Service until sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are no longer forecast to continue.

Why does your ticket calendar show tickets on sale after July 16?

Because this is a temporary closure, we still expect to reopen for summer activities once we receive significant precipitation. While tickets are currently available on our web store after July 16, please note that this is not a confirmed date for opening. If Snowbowl is unable to reopen by the date that you purchased tickets for, our Guest Services team will reach out to you directly to assist you with your purchase.

Is Ski Lift Lodge and Restaurant also closed?

Ski Lift Lodge and Restaurant located at Highway 180 and the base of Snowbowl Road will remain open during the forest closure. Snowbowl Road and all surrounding trails (Arizona, Humphreys, Kachina, and Aspen Loop trails) will be closed.