532 mile proposed trail closure threatens Rim Road
Yup, you read that right. A large portion of the Mogollon Rim Road ( Forest Road 300 ) is under threat of closure upon completing the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest Travel Management Plan. A section that spans approximately 25 miles from US 60 to SR 260 may become inaccessible. It’s a beautiful backcountry drive along the northern border of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
The Mogollon Rim is one of Arizona’s most treasured landmarks. Its cliffs can be traced for 400 miles or more across Arizona. Beginning with the bustling cliffs of the incredible Fossil Creek, it doesn’t seize until a few miles from the New Mexico line. It’s an iconic landmark that only the Grand Canyon can rival.
The Mogollon Rim was so important throughout history; it was used to mark the boundaries of Coconino and Gila counties as well as several Forest Service ranger districts. The Mogollon Rim is still a highly visited landmark, but most of the public only sees a small portion.
RS2477 and Arizona Revised Statute 37-931
Rim road can be found on topo maps as early as 1886 and cannot be closed per Arizona and federal law. According to the Federal Land Management Act of 1976, Any roads built before 1976 fall under RS2477, which says explicitly these trails must remain open to the public.
Arizona went a step further, reasserting our trails fall under RS2477. In 2014 House Bill 2175 passed into law becoming Arizona Revised Statute 37-931. Read the law from the Arizona Legislature HERE.