FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - It's an annual sign that winter has arrived in northern Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) closed State Route 67 between Jacob Lake and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for the winter season at 9 a.m. on Nov. 30. The road could have been closed earlier if heavy snow occurred in prior to the closure date.
State Route 67 is closed each winter due to anticipated heavy snowfall. The highway reopens each spring, usually around mid-May. Highway 89A will remain open at the junction with SR 67.
ADOT reminds motorists to drive with caution this winter and offers these tips:
Slow Down. Drive defensively. Be patient and allow additional time for your trip.
Carry snow chains/cables in case highways are snow-packed and icy. Also be sure to pack a car safety kit that includes a cell phone.
Leave sufficient space between your vehicle and others. Give your self plenty of room and time to stop or avoid upcoming hazards.
If stopped on the roadway, leave room for emergency vehicles to get around you.
Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and pack extra clothing for winter weather. If you slide off the roadway, stay with your vehicle. The Department of Public Safety or the Arizona Department of Transportation will respond.
Check weather and road conditions before you leave. Let someone know your route.