The Coconino National Forest has closed Snowbowl Road to motorized vehicles. Officials say the road will be closed indefinitely to protect public and employee health, as well as to align with state and local measures already in place to lessen the impact of COVID-19. The decision was made in conjunction with local law enforcement to ensure the public recreate responsibly by avoiding high-risk activities, such as downhill and backcountry skiing. These activities increase the chance of injury or distress, resulting in direct effects on local law enforcement, search and rescue operations and critical medical resources. Snowbowl Road is closed with a gate one mile north of U.S. Highway 180, and motorized vehicles are prohibited beyond that point. However bicycle and pedestrian access is permitted, but users should be aware that the ski area is completely closed seven miles up Snowbowl Road.