- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - The Forest Service is extending restrictions on where mountain bikes can be ridden in several parts of the Coconino National Forest near Sedona.

Forest officials say they’re extending the order first implemented in 2013 because they want to protective sensitive areas while they continue to review the forest’s trail system for possible changes.

Under the order, mountain bikes must remain on forest trails and are prohibited from cross-country travel in the areas of Schnebly Hill, Airport Mesa, Carroll Canyon, Schuerman Mountain and Cathedral Rock.

Forest officials say the review and initial restrictions stemmed from erosion and other impacts from use of unplanned trails.

According to forest officials, more than 220 miles of official trail remain open to mountain biking.

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