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Cinder Hills

Cinder Hills - View of Sunset Crater
View of Sunset Crater from Cinder Hills OHV Area - Forest Road 776

Name: Cinder Hills OHV Area, Arizona

Location:

12 miles northeast of Flagstaff, AZ

Description:

Approximately 13,500 acres in the Cinder Hills has been designated for off-highway vehicle recreation. Management emphasis is for the use of 2-, 3-, and 4-wheel vehicles. Within the 13,500 acre area, portions will have use restricted to a relatively dense network of designated routes which will be identified at a later date. Generally unrestricted use will be on areas devoid of vegetation or with sparse vegetation and without such things as sensitive plants, archaeological sites, critical wildlife habitat, excessively steep slopes, or visually sensitive areas.

A sensitive resource area of 53,000 acres surrounding the designated off-highway use area has been set aside as closed to cross-country travel. Designated travel routes provided in this area are shown on the map as forest routes.

Elevation -  6,900 ft.

Cinder Hills Map

Directions:

Direct access via Hwy 89

Turn right off of Hwy 89 at FR 776. Turnoff is between mile marker 426 and 427 (7.1 miles from I-40 and Hwy 89). If you are heading north from Flagstaff , and hit mile marker 427 or Girls Ranch Rd. , you’ve gone too far. The turnoff was not marked in April 2005.

Access via Sunset Crater National Monument

From Hwy 89 turnoff from I-40 drive 10.7 miles to the Sunset Crater National Monument turnoff (FR 545).  Drive 6.1 miles and turn right on FR 776 (4.3 miles past the Sunset Crater Visitor Center ).

Camping Area(s):

Camping is allowed along FR 776 except where signed (near Sunset Crater National Monument on FR 545 and near the intersection of FR 414 & FR 776).

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Typical camping areas off of FR 776. Many small hardened pads.

No OHV Access: Sunset Crater National Monument has two campgrounds (Bonito and O’Leary Group Campground), but access is not available to Cinder Hills OHV area for OHVs.  Street legal vehicles can travel to Cinder Hills by traveling east on FR 545 to FR 776.

Rules:

  • Helmets are required by state law for all drivers and passengers under the age of 18 years.
  • Only licensed motor vehicles will be permitted on Forest Roads 414, 776 and 777.
  • All vehicles are required to have a Forest Service approved exhaust system or spark arrester and be in good condition.
  • Vehicles shall not be driven carelessly without regard for the safety of others or in a manner that is likely to endanger any person or property.
  • Glass containers are not permitted in the Cinder Hills Off-Highway Vehicle Area
  • Camping is restricted on several portions of forest Road 776. These areas shall be posted (refer to map for locations).
  • Campfire and smoking restrictions may be in effect during dry periods. Please check with any Forest Service office for current fire restrictions.
  • There are a few Designated Routes. Please stay on the marked trails where signs are present.

Cinder Hills OHV - Designated Route

Closed Areas:

Cinder Hills - Closed Areas   Cinder Hills OHV - Closed Areas  Cinder Hills OHV - Closed Areas   Cinder Hills OHV - Closed Areas

Please respect OHV & Camping boundaries. There are several areas that are closed to vehicles and camping:

  • Sunset Crater National Monument - west side of FR 776 from FR 545 south.
  • FR 776 near FR 545.
  • FR 776 near Hwy 89

GPS Coordinates:

Hwy 89 and FR 414/FR 776 (turnoff to Cinders)
N 35 19.716
W 111 32.725

Hwy 89 and FR 545
N 35 22.345
W 111 34.513

FR 545 and FR 776
N 35 22.118
W 111 28.562

FR 776 and FR 777
N 35 70.036
W 111 30.876
6839 ft.

Race Course Trailhead
N 35 19.996
W 111 30.312
6757 ft.

Managed By: USDA Forest Service - Coconino National Forest

Other Information:

  • FR 777 turnoff is 2 miles from Hwy 89.

  • FR 776 is 5 ¾ miles long from Hwy 89 and FR 545.

  • Cinderhills Rough Riders in Flagstaff hosts a cleanup each September

  • Road Conditions: 888-411-ROAD

Other Photos (click to enlarge):

Cinders OHV Area - Arizona   Cinder Hills south of FR 776   Cinder Hills OHV Area   Cinder Hills OHV Area - off of FR 777

Cinder Hills - Race Course Trailhead   Cinder Hills - FR 777 whoops after Racecourse Trailhead   Cinder Hills - FR 776 & FR 777 Junction

Cinder Hills OHV Area as seen from Sunset Crater National Monument Overlook

Cinder Hills from Sunset Crater National Monument Overlook   Cinder Hills from Sunset Crater National Monument Overlook

The San Francisco Peaks can be seen from FR 776 in Cinder Hills.  Humphrey's Peak is Arizona's highest mountain at 12,633 feet.

Cinder Hills - Humpreys Peak

 Weather:

Cinders Weather

Links:

Nearby Nationals Parks and Monuments - Other area attractions

SunsetCrater-21.jpg (34649 bytes)   Sunset Crater National Monument - Lava Flow   SunsetCrater-9.jpg (56218 bytes)
The Visitor Center has lots of info (even have an anti-OHV area - ugh!). The kids thought the lava flow trail was pretty neat.  All they could talk about was volcano's and hot lava.

Wupatki National Monument   Wupatki National Monument - San Francisco Peaks in the background   Wupatki National Monument   Wupatki National Monument
These building are all in the "Box Canyon" area.

RV Parks in Flagstaff:

Other Services in Flagstaff:

  • Northland Motorsports - Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, KTM
  • High Altitude Sandrail Supply Inc. - (928) 522-2222

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