Coconino forest mulling more vehicle trails

Coconino forest mulling more vehicle trails

CREATED Sep. 8, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Coconino National Forest is considering building or reopening 73 miles of motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle trails after complaints from users about major closures announced in May.

The U.S. Forest Service closed most of the 1.8 million acres on the forest to off-road use. Kept open for motorcyclists were about 20 miles of single-track trails in the Fort Valley area west of Flagstaff and the 14,000 acre Cinder Hills area north of town for ATV riders.

Complaints from riders prompted the Forest Service to consider some new trails for motorcycles and ATVs stretching south from Flagstaff's airport to Munds Park between Interstate 17 and Lake Mary Road.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports forest officials hope to make a decision on the trails this winter.

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