The Coconino National Forest is located in the center of Arizona
Where is this Forest?

Cathedral Rock Trailhead

Get Outdoors! Cathedral Rock Trail, Sedona [Flickr]

362 Abandoned Campfires discovered so far this year on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests

The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams.

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If you fly, we can't! Do not interfere with wildfire fighting operations!

Public Awareness Poster: If you fly, we can

When you fly your remote controlled quadcopter, helicopter, or other aircraft around a wildfire, you are endangering lives and property. Your RC aircraft poses a serious danger to the emergency aircraft and firefighting crew both in the air and on the ground. When you fly, we must ground our helicopters to keep from further endangering the lives and safety of fire fighters, pilots, and everyone else in the area.

Whether you are an enthusiast or a member of the media, flying an RC aircraft around a wildfire interferes with critical emergency operations. Quadcopters being flown around a wildfire has already created situations that resulted in serious property damage.

Tell us what you think of proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass program!

Dry Creek Vista Trailhead

We are seeking comments from the public regarding proposed changes to the Red Rock Pass (RRP) fee program that will enable continued improvements to two new stand-alone fee sites, and reduce public confusion about fee sites versus fee areas. We are not proposing any change to the amount of the current Red Rock Pass fee.

Approximately 90 percent of the revenue generated by fees is used for the care, upkeep and enhancement of the fee sites, to improve visitor service and protect the environment. The Sedona/Red Rock area receives more than 2 million visitors annually, many of whom visit the Coconino National Forest. The Red Rock Pass fee program is designed to provide high quality forest vistas, trailheads and picnic areas to meet the expectations of the area’s visitors.

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Fossil Creek

Waterfall on Fossil Creek

Want to visit Fossil Creek? Get maps and info here! This remote creek, one of two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Arizona, is challenging to get to... know before you go!

Verde River

Verde River at Bignotti Day Use Area between Camp Verde and Cottonwood

One of  Arizona's only two Wild and Scenic Rivers, yet it remains relatively undiscovered as a recreational resource.


Free Travel Maps

Travel map displayed on a mobile phone

Get a free hard copy Motor Vehicle Use Map that shows official roads and trails. We also offer full-color, GPS-enabled digital travel maps for a variety of devices.

Every Kid in a Park!

Every Kid in a Park

Learn how fourth graders can obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire school year.

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